User Research

Redesigning an Intranet Site: Final Stages, Launch, and Lessons Learned

Mar 7, 2018 |

Helpful lessons from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) on the redesign of an intranet. Read »

Redesigning an Intranet Site: Final Stages, Launch, and Lessons Learned

3 Ways to Manage Research Projects Remotely

Oct 3, 2017 | ,

Being a remote team doesn’t mean you should forgo any of your research rituals. It means finding different ways to do them. Read »

3 Ways to Manage Research Projects Remotely

A Conversation With ITIF About the State of Federal Government Websites

Sep 20, 2017 |

Since it’s been nearly six months since their report was released, we wanted to check in with ITIF and see what they’ve learned, what they’ve heard from agencies and what their future plans are to build on this research. Read »

A Conversation With ITIF About the State of Federal Government Websites

Code.gov User Interviews — What We Learned

Sep 5, 2017 |

This post was originally published by Code.gov on Medium. It’s been a year since the federal government published the Federal Source Code Policy, which created the foundation for Code.gov. In honor of the policy’s anniversary, we checked in with our users to learn more about them, their needs, and the challenges they face. Our users Read »

Code.gov User Interviews — What We Learned

Shedding Light on Underserved Users through Research

Aug 17, 2017 |

How user interviews helped spotlight the needs of a previously forgotten group. We may not like to admit it, but, most web services or sites have users that (for whatever reason) just aren’t well understood—and in turn, not well served. Conducting user interviews and making sure you get good participation from those groups can help Read »

NASA’s Journey With the U.S. Web Design Standards

Mar 24, 2017 |

The U.S. Web Design Standards were created by the government, for the government. They’re currently implemented on hundreds of government sites, with an audience of more than 26 million monthly users. They’ve also been recommended by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for all government agencies to ensure a consistent look and feel of Read »

Lessons Learned: Evaluating Video Content

Dec 1, 2016 |

If you were to perform research on the value proposition of training videos, you would notice that opinions are split on their efficacy. Despite all the tools that are out there that can help you evaluate video quality, views, and drop-off, there are some things that should be considered in the analysis of your organization’s Read »

Webinar Recap: Social Media + External Affairs = Outreach Success

Nov 17, 2016 |

Summary: How to leverage your resources to reach Spanish-dominant Hispanics online. A recent DigitalGov University (DGU) webinar provided an introduction to the intersection of two teams with different audiences reaching consensus on goals to maximize insight and outreach effectiveness. Social Media Outreach Goals What does social media outreach success look like? Success is when agencies Read »

Hualapai Public Safety Meet Old and New Challenges Through Technology

Nov 14, 2016 |

6,000 feet deep, 18 miles wide, 5,000 people per day: The Reality of the Tribal Beat How can a place be remote and virtually unpopulated, yet constantly full of thousands of people and teeming with activity? It certainly seems impossible, but that is exactly the situation at Grand Canyon West (GCW), home of the Hualapai Read »

Writing for the Web Is Easy. Writing for Users Is Not.

Nov 7, 2016 | , ,

We all do it. Whether on Twitter, Facebook, or the comment section on a news article, it’s easy to get our writing on the internet. Many of us have personal websites or contribute to blogs. We work at organizations with content management systems that allow us to publish pages with a single button click. The Read »

How Do You Redesign a ‘Dinosaur’? Redesigning an Intranet Site: the Beginning Stages

Sep 19, 2016 |

Many content managers in the digital world understand the irrepressible desire to improve, fix, edit, add, and move things around. Indeed, it’s our job to nurture this ongoing process to create, update, test, update again. And, repeat! But, what about those sites or pages that seem to never crawl up to the ‘high-priority’ list and Read »

Creative Usability Test Methods—or My Brief Career as a Robot Voice

Aug 31, 2016 |

When you want to do a usability test, sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and get creative to get the job done. That’s just what happened to us. We’re well practiced at usability testing at USAGov—in person, remote, hallway tests, first-click tests—all of these things we manage without blinking an eye. Read »

Smithsonian Learning Lab: Designing for the Classroom

Aug 29, 2016 |

The Smithsonian’s mission statement is wonderfully simple: “The increase and diffusion of knowledge.” The “increasing” is arguably the straightforward part – the Smithsonian has amassed a collection of over 138 million objects and specimens, and the Institution’s curators and scientists obsessively add to the world’s knowledge base, publishing papers, creating exhibitions, and sharing their expertise. Read »

Build Empathy With Stakeholder Interviews, Part 2: Conversation

Jul 29, 2016 |

A few weeks ago, the State Department held its first conference dedicated to user experience design, UX Exponential. The conference organizers invited me to speak, and in this two-part series I hope to summarize (as best as possible) the presentation I gave, “Foster The People: Building Empathy with Stakeholder Interviews.” In the first post of Read »

Build Empathy With Stakeholder Interviews, Part 1: Preparation

Jul 1, 2016 |

A few weeks ago, the State Department held its first conference dedicated to user experience design, UX Exponential. The conference organizers invited me to speak, and in this two-part series, I’d like to summarize (as best as possible) the presentation I gave, “Foster The People: Building Empathy with Stakeholder Interviews.” In this post, I’ll cover Read »

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