After reading Part One of our Gold Mouse Checklist, we know that you’ve got all of your issues covered. Now we’ll move onto some other topics — usability, multimedia, for instance — to get you noticed by the Gold Mouse. Remember, a Congressional website needs very specific things that other websites don’t. So look this list over, care of The Partnership for a More Perfect Union, and see where you stand and where you could stand to improve. You still have plenty of time to bring home a prize.
Does Your Site:
- Have easily navigable content that are easy to read and organized? Require constituents to scroll significantly to view all the content on the homepage?
- Have a sitemap?
- Have proper landing pages?
Does Your Site:
- Have a separate page for video?
- Have a separate page for audio?
- Include video and audio integrated together into press releases to create a multimedia / cross
- content experience?
- Ensure the press releases are organized by date?
- Include a blog?
- Include a survey?
- Have an RSS feed?
- Provide press secretary / communications director contact information on each press page?
- Include social media links on every page of your site?
Casework / Constituent Services
Does Your Site
- Explain how a bill becomes a law?
- Have an FAQ about how Congress works?
- Have a student page?
- Have a kids page?
- Have info on Congressional internships?
- Have info on Admission to military academies?
Is there a
- robust “visiting Washington” page with resources to get tours?
- flag request form where they can request a flag online?
- grants page with resources on local/state/national grants available?
- “one stop shop” for constituent casework?
- casework FAQ ?
- Guidance on how to initiate a case and on the scope of what they can do?
- Downloadable casework privacy release form?
- Links to relevant government agencies?
- Links to USA.gov?
- a robust district page with mapping, demographic, and district information?
We want to know: What areas need the most work?