Test results for Bournemouth Borough Council
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|Number of tests||3||3||2||2||2||12|
|Usability Index (total score ÷ number of tests)||6||6||9||9||6||7|
About the scores
Each task can be tested according to five different criteria - navigation from the home page, navigation using the A-Z directory (where present), searching on Google, searching using the site's internal search, and the readability of the page. Scores are assigned according to 10 = Very easy, 8 = Easy, 4 = Difficult, and 1 = Gave up. As more users complete any given test, the score for each aspect of each task becomes a mean average of all the individual testers scores, and thus the more tests are completed the more reliable an indication of the usability of the website can be seen. The total scores in the table are thus the sum of the averaged scores for the whole suite of tasks which have been tested.
The Usability Index is the sum of the scores of all the tests which have been carried out, divided by the number of tests which have been taken for this council, resulting in an index score between 1 and 10, with 6 being the score which a nominallly usable website with room for improvement might be expected to achieve. If any criteria have had fewer than 15 tests, or the site as a whole has had fewer than 50 individually tested items, the final Index scores are shown in a grey background to indicate insufficient testing for the result to be a reliable indicator.
The Importance column shows the mean average of how important all the testers considered the ability to complete this task to be, ranging from 0 = Unimportant to 5 = Very important.
Specific comments made about this council
Planning permission - apply for it
Quite a lot of similar results on Google plus a load of ads, but the top result (how to apply...) was the right one. Content is pretty good, explaining very briefly what you need to know first then a link to the Planning Portal. A pleasant change from the normal verbose planning content pages. Internal search spot on. A to Z a big disappointment after search. Each letter split in to multiple pages, which is very annoying especially as the A to Z list appears to be very comprehensive. "Apply for planning permission" and "Planning application" missing. Home page not really top task focussed, but "Planning" links does lead to very good landing page. Overall good experience.
Trading Standards - complain about a dodgy item from a shop
This doesn't seem to be something I could do online (which would be useful) Results for 'T' in the A-Z list are split over lots of pages which takes more time to scan through to find the one you need