Voice Of the People

Policymaking Simulations: Get Informed & Share Your Views with Congress

Policymaking Simulations are an online tool that put citizens in their elected officials’ shoes. They take users through the process of deciding policy -- getting briefed, hearing pro and con arguments and coming to conclusions.

VOP works with the Program for Public Consultation to develop simulations on a wide range of issues facing Congress.

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What the Public Says

Voice of the People works to identify consensus positions on public policy matters that emerge when citizens undergo VOP's public consultation surveys.

While Congress is often too polarized to solve many of our nation's pressing issues, VOP has found a remarkable degree of consensus among the American people on a wide range of policy matters.  VOP continues to seek out and catalog the areas where public consensus exists.

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Urge Congress to Listen to the People

Voice of the People develops policymaking simulations to enable individual citizens to get informed on key issues before government, to hear arguments and offer their recommendations to their Congressional representatives.

VOP conducts policymaking simulation surveys of large national samples of voters and delivers the findings to Congress, the Executive Branch and the media.

In districts and state where Members of Congress want to take into account the views of their constituents, as a whole, on specific issues before Congress, VOP will work to recruit a representative sample of voters to take policymaking simulation surveys.

In districts and state where Members of Congress want to regularly take the views of their constituents, as a whole, into account, VOP will work to recruit a large standing panel of voters, called a Citizen Cabinet, to take policymaking simulations

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