Rep. Young Wins Golden Mouse Website Award
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young is pleased to announce that his Congressional webpage (http://donyoung.house.gov) has been recognized by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) with a Gold Mouse Award for having one of the best websites in Congress. Only one-fifth of all Congressional websites received this distinction this year, and Rep. Young was one of only twenty-one House Members to receive a Gold award.
“Alaska is a long way away from Washington, D.C., and so my best tool in relaying up-to-date information to my constituents is my website,” said Rep. Young. “Alaska is one of the most wired states in the country when it comes to Internet access. It is important for me to keep up with the technology being used by my constituents and continue to provide them with the easiest and most efficient ways to know what I’m doing on their behalf daily. My website is a window into my office and my work on behalf of Alaskans, and my goal is to provide the best and most transparent information possible.”
Web sites were graded on how well they incorporate five core principles that CMF identified through extensive research as critical for effectiveness: know your audience, provide timely and targeted content that meets their needs, make the site easy to use, foster interaction both on and offline, and add value through innovation.
Using these core principles, an evaluation framework was developed by CMF and their research partners, which would be fair and objective while still taking into account important qualitative factors that affect a visitor's experience on a Web site.
The 111th Congress Gold Mouse Project report, a full listing winners, and other comparative data is available on CMF’s Partnership For A More Perfect Union Web site at www.pmpu.org.