Government Website Redesign

Information Architecture Evaluation & Navigation Redesign

THE Team

Yunqi Qian

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Kara Dailey

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Sangeetha Gomatam

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Shirley Lin

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01 Overview

The City of Fort Myers is in the process of refreshing their website. For the general look and feel, our client has partnered up with CivicPlus, who is specialized in designing government websites. The City of Fort Myers asked for our help on evaluating the prototypes provided by CivicPlus. 

For a semester-long project, we offered a scope on evaluating the information architecture of the website (specifically the navigation bar). In addition to that, based on the evaluations and user testings results, we proposed recommendations to our clients that can help them to improve the navigation experience. 

Below are two images showing what navigation bar currently looks like. 

Multiple bars with navigation purposes (hover for details)

Three levels within the navigation bar (hover for details)


02 Methodologies


of the proposed CivicPlus design

Heuristic Evaluations

for the second-level navigation bar

Our team used Optimal Workshop as a tool for distributing online card sorting testing and for analysis. We decided to focus on the second level of the navigation bar (the bold blue level). We have invited 10 participants, selected based on the percentage distribution of Fort Myer's age demographics. We have 4 participants age 18 to 24, 4 participant age 25 to 44, and two participants age 45 to 64. Below are the card sorting results generated by Optimal Workshop.


Top: Similarity Matrix (click here for more information on how to read the graph, provided by Optimal Workshop)


Bottom: Dendrograms (click here for more information on how to read the graph, provided by Optimal Workshop)

Similarity Matrix

for top searched and visited information 

Based on the click and search rates from Google Analytics of the current running site. Six tasks are selected for scenario evaluations:


  • Use the navigation bar to look for jobs

  • Use the navigation bar to pay a parking ticket (multiple routes can link to the page, curious to see which route is chosen from the users)

  • Use the navigation bar to pay utility bills

  • Find information on the golf course

  • Find information on the ice rink

  • Find information on obtaining a building permit


03 Key findings

Based on the user testings and evaluations mentioned above, we have concluded four key findings:


  1. About 85% of people start with the “I want to” tab

  2. People love using the search bar to find the information they want

  3. Multiple navigation bars confuse the users

  4. Groupings are good, but the labels of those groupings are unclear

(hover for details)


04 Recommendations

From the four key findings, we provide three major recommendations to our client:


  1. Make the search bar larger and at a more central location

  2. Have only one navigation bar instead of three

  3. Change how information is labeled within the navigation bar

(hover for details)

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