February 28, 2014 | Dave Lewan

ForeSee Releases New E-Government Satisfaction Index and Mobile Federal Government Benchmark


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The ForeSee E-Government Satisfaction Index (Q4 2013) Now Available
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This quarter’s aggregate score for e-government websites (74.6 on the Index’s 100-point scale) is down slightly from last quarter’s but remains significantly higher than the average citizen satisfaction score with the overall federal government (66.1) reported by the ACSI Federal Government Report 2013 last month.

The ForeSee E-Government Index | Download NowWhile it’s clear citizens prefer to interact with the federal government via the Internet, the fact that citizen satisfaction scores have remained fairly steady (hovering around the 75 mark) for the last four years may be reflective of the higher expectations citizens have when it comes to getting information online. This quarter’s dip should be looked at as an eye-opener and an opportunity to focus on measurement and improvement not only on the web channel, but on the mobile channel as well.

The fact that we can now include a Mobile Federal Government Benchmark in our quarterly E-Government Satisfaction Index is a huge accomplishment for e-government, because it means more and more federal government departments, agencies and programs are actually measuring the mobile experience, which shows federal leaders are understanding the value this digital medium has in interacting with the citizen.

The aggregate visitor satisfaction score for the federal government mobile sites and apps included in the benchmark is 82 out of 100  – which is higher than average scores for other industry sectors measured by ForeSee. Another point of reference is that the Mobile Federal Government Benchmark score is higher than the average for the ForeSee Website Index (69), which includes both public and private sites, as well as the general ForeSee Mobile Benchmark. More information is included in the full report.

Today’s customers (or in this case, citizens) interact with multiple touch points using multiple devices and expect their journeys to be seamless. If citizens are unable to complete tasks via a mobile device as easily as they can through a web interaction, their satisfaction with the organization as a whole could suffer – and that’s a risk government agencies cannot afford to take.

Why? Because when compared to dissatisfied citizens, highly satisfied citizens are 90% more likely to use the federal website they evaluated as a primary resource, 96% more likely to recommend the site, 67% more likely to put their trust behind the agency, 52% more likely to return to the site, and 52% more likely to participate with the agency in the future. So there are definite cost savings associated with offering a highly satisfying website and mobile experience. Therefore, government agencies need to maintain the highest online standards by meeting or exceeding citizens’ expectations.

Download the full report to see which federal websites are meeting and exceeding citizen expectations, who needs to improve, and why digital government leaders should be making measuring and managing citizen satisfaction with mobile sites and apps a priority.

Download the ForeSee E-Government Satisfaction Index

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About the Author

Dave Lewan is responsible for managing the organization focused on the public sector, including federal and state government departments and agencies, non-profit organizations, associations and higher education institutions. He is charged with defining strategy and leveraging internal resources to initiate new business opportunities while delivering to existing ForeSee public-sector clients. Dave is also responsible for ForeSee’s growing Canadian business including public and private sectors. In 2016, Dave will serve as ForeSee liaison with the Partnership for Public Service for the Center for Presidential Transition, in an effort to educate some 4,000 appointees who will enter into the federal government from the private sector as part of the new administration. Prior to joining ForeSee in 2009, Dave led in key strategic areas at ADP, SalesLogix, Ultimate Software and Ceridian. Dave graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in speech communications.

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