The policymaking simulation on Iran’s nuclear program is live on Voice Of the People’s website. Users can get the facts, evaluate the arguments and send their recommendations to their representatives in Congress. The online tool allows anyone a chance to weigh in on what the United States should do regarding Iran’s future use of nuclear technology.

For the study, which was released on July 15, a representative sample of Americans went through the process that puts the respondent in the shoes of a policymaker. Working online, they were briefed on the current issues of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, and presented options for negotiations or furthering sanctions. They were allowed to make their own detailed proposal on the course the United States should pursue.

“The policymaking simulations are the foundation of our Citizen Cabinet initiative – a bold, new platform for informed citizen engagement,” said VOP Executive Director Richard Parsons. “They are an extremely effective tool for determining exactly what people want their government to do on even the most complex issues, once they have the basic facts.”

To try the simulation, click here.

Voice Of the People Executive Director Richard Parsons gave a guest lecture on the Citizen Cabinet initiative to students attending George Washington University’s Semester in Washington Politics program. The students were from high schools all over the country, visiting Washington to learn about government and politics as part of a two-week summer program under the guidance of VOP Advisory Board Member Greg Lebel, who directs the University’s Semester in Washington Politics program.

“The students were incredibly well informed and asked some great questions about how the Citizen Cabinet initiative can improve the way our political system works,” Parsons said. “Giving the people a greater voice is something Americans of all ages can support.”

In this short video, Steven Kull talks about the Policymaking Simulation used in the recent study on negotiations over Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. He describes how information is gathered in a balanced, bipartisan manner and how the simulation allows participants to let their elected officials know exactly what they want them to do.

To watch the video, click here.

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