Online public consultation puts citizens in their elected officials’ shoes by simulating the process they go through in making policy decisions – getting briefed, hearing arguments, coming to decisions – using an online instrument called a “policymaking simulation.” VOP has worked with the Program for Public Consultation to develop simulations on the following issues, give one a try!
Go through our policymaking simulation on Social Security Reform to learn about the issue, hear pro and con arguments, and then decide which reforms you want Congress to adopt. If you wish, you can share what you learn with your representatives in Congress.
One of the challenges we face today is that the way we produce energy has some negative impacts on the environment. In this survey, we would like to introduce some proposals for changing the way energy is produced and used to reduce air pollution and reduce production of greenhouse gases. We will give you some background on these issues, introduce you to both sides of the debate on these proposals, and then give you a chance to make your recommendations. At the end of the survey, you will have an opportunity to forward your recommendations to your members of Congress.
The Program for Public Consultation developed a policymaking simulation that provides a briefing on the defense budget from diverse perspectives, along with arguments for and against cutting spending levels by category. Working online, you can go through this exercise and specify your preferred level in each area, and make your own defense budget.
How would you reshape the U.S. Federal Budget? Try this policymaking simulation and learn about the tough decisions on revenues and spending that are facing Congress as they determine the FY2017 Budget.
It may not sound glamorous, but postal reform has serious fiscal implications for the federal government, and is an issue that has Democrats and Republicans in Congress at loggerheads. See if you can fix the problem in our simulation.
As the deal with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program was being debated on Capitol Hill, this Citizen Cabinet survey asked the American public to weigh in on what they thought Congress should do. Get a short briefing on the deal, learn about the options that Congress was considering, hear the arguments pro and con, then make your recommendation.
Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention…If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, January 16, 1787