Test results for Camden Council

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Address - change mine on council systems
Adult education courses - find information
Antisocial behaviour - complain about it
Blue badge - apply for one
Broken street lights - reportEasyEasyEasyEasy853
Bulky waste or other special waste collection - book
Complain about something the council has done
Council housing - apply for it
Council meeting - read the last full council minutes
Council news - find itVery easyVery easyVery easyEasy1053
Council tax - pay itEasyVery easyVery easyVery easy1053
Council tax / housing benefit - apply
Council tip - find a nearby oneEasyVery easyVery easyVery easy993
Councillors - find who mine are
Cycling strategy - find it
Death - register one
Economic condition and strategy for the area - find it
Elections - find out when the next ones are
Employment help for people with disabilities - find information on
Events - find council ones
Flood protection - find information
Food hygiene problem - report one
Freedom of Information Act request - make one
Housing repair - request one
Jobs - find a council job
Leisure centres close to me - find one
Leisure discount card - apply for oneUntestedUntestedVery easyUntested920
Library book - renew
Local history - find out about
Local library opening hours - find them
Local services and information on a map - look at
Market stall trading - find information about
Meals on Wheels - find information
Missed bin collection - complain about one
Noise nuisance - complain about it
Open Data - find some
Parking - find out how much it costs
Parking fine - pay one
Petitions - create oneGave upUntestedVery easyDifficult443
Planning application - comment on oneGave upEasyVery easyEasy751
Planning committee meeting - find when the next one is
Planning or building control violation - report one
Planning permission - apply for it
Population and census information - find it
Pothole - report one
Public toilets - find them
Read the council's greenhouse gas emissions report for the previous year
Regulation of children on stage, film, and television - find information
School places - apply for one
School term dates - find them
Scrutiny committee reports and minutes - find them
Senior staff and politicians in the council - find their names
Small business support - find information
Social media accounts - find them
Stopping smoking services - find information
Supplying the council - find out how
Sustainability and climate change - find information on
Taxi driver - complain about one
Taxi licence - apply for one
Telephone number - find the main oneUntestedVery easyVery easyVery easy1043
Trading Standards - complain about a dodgy item from a shop
Travellers - find information about them
Tree preservation order - apply for one
Unitary Development Plan / Local Development Plan - find it
Voting - register toEasyEasyEasyEasy853
Vulnerable adult - express concern about one
Vulnerable child - express concern about one
Watch a webcast of a recent council or committee meeting
Welfare reform - find information about
Youth clubs in the area - find information
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Total scores7344638665331  
Number of tests1078109 44 
Usability Index (total score ÷ number of tests)768978  

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

Broken street lights - report - 2014-02-27
Easy to find the section, takes a couple of clicks once there.

Council news - find it - 2014-02-13
Straight on the home page, so easy to see current news items. Archives items are a little harder to find.

Council tax - pay it - 2014-02-13
Very easy to find and go quickly to the payment page.

Council tip - find a nearby one - 2014-02-16
There is no link from the contact details page for the Regis Road tip back to the Regis Road page which has details about what you can recycle here.

Leisure discount card - apply for one - 2014-02-11
Well, I found it easily - I think - though the word "discount" is conspicuously absent from the main text and is easier found in the related contacts page. Possibly demoting the brand name "Better Health and Fitness Card" in favour of something more descriptive like "Sports centre discount card" (which is used on the contact us page) would help.

Petitions - create one - 2014-02-13
Both searches work very well (1st result), but navigating to this page seems impossible. Content-wise, there is a lot of procedure and guidelines text and several pages to go through before you reach a page where you can actually create a petition, so that could be easier.

Planning application - comment on one - 2014-02-27
Easy enough (though not on A-Z), though a little unclear that you can't comment on some applications once the consultation period is over.

Voting - register to - 2014-02-27
Fairly straightforward, though some instructions only clear only