Over 28 million people visit government websites each day. Understanding how these users navigate our websites and online resources is critical to improving the online customer experience. Through digital analytics, agencies and programs can track their online data and update websites in an agile way that is responsive to the needs of customers.
The Digital Analytics Program (DAP) allows federal agencies to easily access advanced web analytics, training, and professional resources. A shared service hosted by GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, DAP provides comprehensive analytics which are scalable to a broad range of government websites and digital services. There are currently 62 agencies participating in DAP, and it is offered as a free service to federal government customers.
In collaboration with the Customer Experience Cross-Agency Priority Goal team, the DAP team has generated common reports for each of the 2018 A-11 identified High Impact Service Providers (HISPs), including number of users, sessions, page views, average time on page, and average session duration.
This data helps establish rough benchmarks such as: the number of customers viewing content, how long users spend searching for and using specific services, and how often they return to those services. Additionally, data points such as the number of sessions per user, bounce rate, average page load time, and number of pages per session can serve as a rough proxy to identify when users have had a hard time finding what they were looking for.
An example of DAP in action, the Federal Trade Commission reviewed DAP data for FTC.gov and found many visitors were coming to the site to perform mission-related tasks, such as filing a complaint or reporting identity theft. Unfortunately, those tasks were not easy to find on the homepage and most were hidden under the global navigation menu. The FTC.gov homepage was revised with a new “Take Action” area prominently displayed at the top of the page to enable users to quickly find the top tasks that motivated them to visit FTC.gov.
Interested in learning more about DAP? Visit analytics.usa.gov or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.