Content in other languages

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Consider education level of multicultural audiences

Cultural relevancy is of utmost importance, especially in the healthcare and educational realms. However, it is key to keep in mind that there are members of the LEP audience that do not have a working reading level in their own native language, let alone a low degree of Internet literacy. Pertinent website content may require an audio component to further reach an audience that hails from a more oral tradition. Another ...more »

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Content and Readability

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Provide easy to understand weather warnings - hurricane

It is often difficult to understand what is being conveyed by all of the charts on the http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ website. Can the average citizen info be put first? And the scientific stuff more towards the bottom of the page. Citizens want to know where will a hurricane hit, when should we evacuate, and what is a similar hurricane that we can compare the new hurricane to. -Charts that say "the cone shows the probable ...more »

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Usability and Design

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Every Agency Should Have UX Expert on Staff

I know, budgets are tight, layoffs are imminent, non-professionals can do simple product tests, but does your agency have a budget analyst? A configuration manager? A security specialist? In America, what we value, we pay for. If an agency says that that good customer experience is a business priority, it must have a UX professional on staff. Period. Even contracting for a usability vendor is difficult without a UX professional ...more »

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Services and Transactions

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Create a culture of customer service

I've seen several ideas that relate to this, and many comments have mentioned it. So I thought I'd throw it in as a separate idea and see what folks have to say. I believe that many/most public servants want to serve customers well. I think many of us came to public service to do just this and were discouraged by past practices. The thing is: the internet really changed govt's relationship with its customers. The ...more »

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Develop cross-disciplinary multilingual/cultural best practices

Creating a multilingual communication strategy is complex and requires knowledge from many different fields, including linguistics, sociolinguistics, anthropology, ethnographics, demography, technology, communications, marketing, PR, customer service, user experience, graphic design, social media, public policy, business strategy (yes even for government agencies), etc. The government should leverage knowledge from various ...more »

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Make it okay for Fed workers to interact with citizens

Right now, it's not allowed for workers to directly respond to citizens. With a little training, it'd be safe (enough?) for workers to do so, and that'd greatly improve customer service.

 

Here's a great article regarding this at the Dept of Veterans Affairs:

 

http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/43670.aspx

 

(I feel this also applies to private industry.)

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Services and Transactions

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Use Real-time Chats to Help Customers Solve Problems

Although some agencies are using real-time chat, I'm amazed it hasn't caught on more. Customers want help when they hit a snag. They don't want to stop and send an email that might be answered in 3 days (or 3 weeks). They want to finish their task NOW. Real-time chat to the rescue. A human being, in real time, answering questions, breaking the log jam. I love it in the commercial world. Why not in the government ...more »

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One stop shopping for help, like city 311 systems

In cities including New York and San Francisco, you can call 311 or visit a site, and get help or report problems to be fixed.

 

A single site like that for the Federal gov't would really help. You could search for an existing solution, and get directed to the right place for help.

 

There are many variants of this possible, like having the request automatically directed to the people with the answers.

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Establish a Customer Bill of Rights

I'd like to see the federal government - under the Customer Service Initiative - issue a "Customer Bill of Rights" or a "Promise to Customers" and use that as the core set of principles for improving websites, call centers, and other forms of service delivery. A good place to start is the 6 principles the Federal Web Managers Council laid out in its 2008 White Paper: Putting Citizens First - Transforming Online Government. ...more »

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Add the ability to flag a web page for outdated, incorrectness.

Give the users the ability to flag a page for a broken link, missing content, outdated or incorrect content. This would actually help government keep their web pages updated instead of relying on link-checkers. These flags for outdated or incorrect content could be a metric that agencies use to measure quality. Additionally it could help agencies implement this Executive Order--Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving ...more »

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Develop Social Media as a Customer Service Channel

Social Media has tremendous potential as a customer service channel and is being used effectively in the private sector. Greater attention should be paid to using social media to help the public find information they need. One model for this would be to empower and encourage all government employees to help point the public to government websites/ resources/ services as these issues are raised on the social media platforms ...more »

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