Better connected 2010
Produced by: Socitm Insight
The structure of this report follows the criteria for high-quality local authority websites that develop the ideas that websites should be 'useful, usable and used' (Version 3 of that framework published, September 2009).
The report and supporting files for download appear at the bottom of this page. The file 'Headline results for public use' is available to all. All other files are restricted to employees of organisations that are paid up subscribers to Socitm Insight. Individuals need to be registered personally on this website to access the material.
Section 1 Introduction
We introduce the key features of the survey, including its purpose, the process we follow, the ranking system and the 'useful, usable and used' framework that we use for assessment.
Section 2 National policies and direction
We offer an overview of national policies, initiatives and legislation that will have a strategic impact on the development of websites in the next three to five years.
Section 3 Overview of this year's results
We provide the national picture in terms of our new system for ranking sites, based on stars (one star to four stars). This is followed by our Top 20, our analysis by types of council, our view of improvement trends and, finally, an examination of some of our favourite sites.
Section 4 This year's results - useful content
We describe the detailed analysis of the results, focusing firstly on content. We report here on six common topics that might interest typical visitors searching for information content, and then examine other aspects of content such as use of links, currency of information, provision of services, response to e-mail and the practice of participation.
Section 5 This year's results - usability
The second stage of the results focuses on ease of use. This covers, use of navigational aids such as A to Z lists, search engines and locational data, general navigation, accessibility, readability and, finally, technical resilience. All these points contribute to the usability of a local authority website.
Section 6 This year's results - usage
Our third perspective is focused on usage. Switching from the product to the customer, we examine different aspects of the demand side, highlighting trends in take-up and visitor feedback. We provide the latest information about internet access, visitor usage, satisfaction and behaviour, culminating with advice about better marketing.
Section 7 Next stage in evolution of council websites
Having analysed in detail the current state of council websites, and how they are being used, we now turn to some important challenges in the next stage of their evolution as councils face the reality of being committed to self-service. Two challenges in particular stand out: how to manage web tasks and how to use different ways of communicating online.
Section 8 Development of last year's strategic approach
Last year we provided a blueprint for the way in which public sector websites should respond to the challenge of making self-service work in the next five years. Here, we develop that blueprint further in responding to these two new challenges.
Section 9 Conclusions
This year's report
The Main report (208 pages) is available now as an electronic version and as a printed report from 22 March 2010. For subscribers only, there will be a Full results report available by 15 March. This will be an expanded version (270 pages approx) only available electronically.
The Full results report
(270 pages approx) is an expanded version only available electronically. It has the same structure as the Main report, but contains much greater detail in the three central sections, plus four extra appendices.
We have sent to each fully-paid up local authority subscriber to Socitm Insight more detailed analysis of the results of the accessibility testing supplied by the RNIB. This was sent to the nominated contact, who may well not be the web manager, or even in the same section or directorate . If as the web manager, or member of the web team, you would like a copy sent direct to you, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send it by return.
Here, subscribers to Socitm Insight can download the summary of the results of the main survey, together with supporting material as follows:
- A 'pdf' version is available of both the Main report and the Full results version
- An index of all council references as examples of good practice and entries in top lists, etc
- The accessibility results from RNIB
- A summary of Sitemorse results on technical performance
- A summary of Hitwise results on market share of take-up
- Supporting surveys:
- sample e-mail test,
- top tasks
- phone contacts
- mobile devices
- severe weather (with questionnaire used).
- Results of survey from rest of public sector of other organisations who subscribe to Socitm Insight
- Presentation of key messages (Sections 1, 2, 3 and 7 of main report)
Insight subscribers receive the material free of charge.
One of the key messages in this year's report is the importance of promoting open data. As an example we are publishing for the first time the headline results of our assessments (Appendix 1 of our main report) to make them available for re-use (non-commercially) under the terms of this licence.
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Last modified: 13th April 2010
All Better connected 2010 files (12.12 MB ZIP)
Better Connected 2010 - Full report (3.62 MB PDF)
Main survey results (2.13 MB XLS)
Index of references (979.5 KB XLS)
Hitwise by types and regions (8.15 MB XLS)
Sitemorse (10.61 MB XLS)
RNIB accessibility (2.98 MB XLS)
E-mail test (1.34 MB XLS)
Mobile devices survey (378.5 KB XLS)
Top tasks survey (1.91 MB XLS)
Phone contacts survey (1.92 MB XLS)
Severe weather survey (134.5 KB XLS)
Non-local authorities results (165 KB XLS)
Severe weather questionnaire (25 KB DOC)
Headline results for public use (147 KB )
Full results report (4.22 MB PDF)
Key messages presentation (2.69 MB PPT)