Don't be fooled by overly polite congressional debates. This is war.
The Capital Floor is a battleground. In every session, ground is given and taken. How well do you know
your adversary? The smallest detail could give you the competitive advantage.
Congressional Noise(CN) drills deep into each congressional member. CN shows
you the connections, illustrates the power structure, helps to uncover the real motivations,
the real agenda behind each political front. CN can be instrumental in crafting a strategy that anticipates
which direction Congress may go.
At the bottom of all the screens who will see a link that says Bucket. Bucket is used to carry information from
one screen to the next. It allows the user to keep track of interesting people and groups. There is a notes
section for jotting down anything that might be useful over the course of an analytical session.
Use these functional areas, divided between data exploration and analysis to gain the advantage:
Click on any of the functional areas to the left to get a description of each.
Compare across a group of congressional members.
On the left side off the page is a directory of congressional members
shown by state and alphabetically. Select a member by double clicking
on them to add them to the comparator panel. Once there are more than 6
congressional members selected you can scroll right or left to see the
members that aren't currently shown. To get rid of
any member from the comparator display just click on the X on the upper
right of the member profile. If you want to clear all of them click on the
clear button on the lower right hand side of the comparator panel. You can
also drag and drop any of the profile panels currently displayed in the comparator to re-order them.
Using the filter links on the bottom you can view any one of a number
of attribute sets for each profile. For example, clicking on the committee link will show committee
membership. The number displayed shows the members current rank on the committee.
If you have the committee filter selected you can see the sub-committee
membership by mousing over the line item that says what rank they are on
for a specific committee. This will tell you the sub-committees they are
on and what their rank is on those sub-committees.
Filter on a wide variety
of criteria including:
Search by default will show all the congressional members. At the top of
each column, the user can filter the records by that column. For instance
if the user wants all congressional members that are greater than the age
of 60 they would put 60 into the filter field in the age column and the
records displayed would just be the members of congress who are older than
Committee Membership visualization is the primary focus of the Visualize tab.
The user can see the relationships between individual members, groups of members and
committee composition over a wide variety of characteristics. The congressional members
are visually identified by their name and political party (red for Republican, blue for Democrat).
The committees are identified by name and the color black. Mousing over any of the members will
display a pop-up with the committee membership information.
The intent of developing a scenario is to clearly identify all dimensions
related to political events such as the players, the events themselves,
why they are happening, the position(s) each faction is taking and
why, the fence sitters, who are needed by either side in order to
Pick an event or position that has two or more opposing factions. A
current example would be the budget fight. There are two primary sides
that are battling to determine what the final budget will be. A lot
of debate, negotiation and compromise are introduced and bargained
with. Use the scenarios function to clearly detail all the facets of
The first iteration of the scenarios function will describe the situation,
the best case, worst case and target scenarios. The goal will be to add more detail, including
descriptions of all the players and the issues as a better understanding of what the
scenarios function should do evolves.
Games allow the user to interactively explore the consequences of
actions taken by them and their opponents. Given the framework of a particular
scenario the user can test what happens if they make certain decisions at
specific times. The user can see how their opponents and allies might
respond. By running through the different paths, the user can help
determine which path will give them the best outcome.
Once the games have been completed, the user will have one or more
possible options to pursue. This tab describes the options with estimates
of the consequences of taking any one action. For example, the budget bill
could have the following possible paths:
The decision has been made. So what happen? Compare what actually
happened to the decision the user made.
Evaluate the following: