Public Consultations with Members of Congress

Voice of the People (VOP) works to engage Members of Congress in the public consultation process. Members of Congress are asked to participate in public consultation events with their constituents at which survey findings from their state/district, on an agreed upon topic, are revealed. 

Events are convened by VOP and the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation, in partnership with local media and civic organizations as well as the Member of Congress and constituents who have taken the survey.

Before the event:

  • Public consultation surveys are run with a large representative sample of constituents in the state/district — using a Policymaking Simulation on a policy proposal before Congress.
  • Media organizations also invite all constituents in the state/district to go through the survey.

At the event:

  • Constituents interact with each other about their experience going through the Policymaking Simulation.
  • Survey findings are revealed to the Member of Congress, the media and constituents.
  • The Member of Congress and constituents engage in a moderated, civil discussion about the topic and the findings.

Policymaking simulations used in events with Members of Congress are developed and fielded by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland, and have been reviewed by experts across the political spectrum to ensure that the briefings are accurate and balanced and are the strongest ones being made in Congress.

Examples of Public Consultation Events with Members of Congress
In partnership with local media and Civic Genius, VOP has convened numerous events – in-person and online – with Members of Congress and their constituents.

Residents of Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District on Social Security

  • Rep. Mark Pocan (D – WI-2)
  • Try the Policymaking Simulation: Social Security
Residents of Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District on Campaign Finance Reform

  • Rep. Susan Wild (D – PA-7)
  • Try the Policymaking Simulation: Campaign Finance
Residents of Maryland’s 8th Congressional District on Government Reform

Residents of New York’s 25th Congressional District on Immigration Reform

Residents of Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District on Police Reform

Residents of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District on Campaign Finance Reform

  • Rep. Tom Malinowski (D – NJ-7)
  • Try the Policymaking Simulation: Campaign Finance
  • Media Partner: PBS39
Residents of New York’s 25th Congressional District on Energy & the Environment