Policymaking Simulations put 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.

Overview of Policymaking Simulation Categories and Topics

The Federal Budget

  • Creating a Federal Budget for FY2020
  • Social Security Reform
  • Addressing the Medicare Shortfall

Environmental Issues

  • Energy and Environment – An Introduction
  • International Climate Agreement
  • Approaches to Reducing CO2 and Other Pollutants
  • Ground-Level Ozone
  • Solar Panel Tariffs
  • Offshore Oil Drilling

U.S. Postal Service Reform

  • Requirement to Prefund Health Benefits
  • A Wider Range of Products and Services
  • Labor Dispute Arbitration

International Trade

  • International Trade: Overview
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Labor & Environmental Standards
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • Job Training Programs
  • US Tariffs on China
  • Steel & Aluminum Tariffs
  • World Trade Organization
Government Reform

  • Encouraging Small Donors
  • Constitutional Amendment Limiting Campaign Contributions (Citizens United)
  • Restricting Direct Fundraising by Members of Congress
  • Increasing Disclosure of Political Donations
  • Allowing Nonprofits to Endorse Political Candidates
  • Changes to the Way Congress is Elected
  • Citizen Redistricting to Counter Gerrymandering
  • Ranked-Choice Voting
  • Multi-Member Districts
  • Term Limits for Members of Congress
  • Limits on Lobbying by Former Government Officials
  • Independent and Third Party Candidates
  • Support for Former Presidents

Nuclear Weapons Policy

  • Arms Control Treaties with Russia
  • New START Treaty
  • INF Treaty
  • Minimum Retaliatory Capability
  • First Use of Nuclear Weapons
  • Land-Based Missiles
  • Nuclear Testing
  • Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons


  • Family-Based Immigration Programs
  • Diversity Lottery
  • Employment-Based Immigration
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program (DACA)
  • Securing the Southern Border

Net Neutrality