About Us

The Program for Public Consultation (PPC) is part of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

PPC was established to develop the methods and theory of public consultation and to conduct public consultations. In particular it will work with government agencies to help them consult their citizens on key public policy issues that the government faces.

The Program for Public Consultation, in conjunction with the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, is committing to developing and refining methods of public consultation and applying those methods, especially in direct collaboration with government agencies.

PPC has partnered with Voice Of the People (VOP), a nonpartisan organization that seeks to re-anchor our democracy in its founding principles by giving ‘We the People’ a greater role in government, to conduct Citizen Cabinet Surveys.   The Citizen Cabinet was established to give the people a greater voice by creating a large, scientifically selected, representative sample of citizens – several hundred in each Congressional district or state, and approximately 120,000 nationwide – to advise Members of Congress on an ongoing basis.

All research by the Program for Public Consultation is archived by The Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM).



On a regular basis, PPC develops Citizen Cabinet Surveys that walk respondents through a “policymaking simulation” on a key issue Congress is facing. This includes being briefed on the issue, weighing pro and con arguments on the policy options Congress is considering, and finally making recommendations on what Congress should do. These policymaking simulations are developed with input from senior congressional staffers from both parties and outside experts, from across the political spectrum, to ensure accuracy and balance. Once Citizen Cabinet survey respondents complete these simulations, the results are summed up and reported so that each Member of Congress can more clearly hear the views of the people in their own district or state, as well as the nation as a whole. All of the findings, and the details on how the policymaking simulations are conducted, will also be reported to the Executive Branch, the news media and the public in a fully transparent online process.


Program for Public Consultation
1301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 232-7500

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