JUCS - Journal of Universal Computer Science 27(10): 1069-1095, doi: 10.3897/jucs.66979
Validation of e-Government Information Delivery Attributes: The Adoption of the Focus Group Method
expand article infoJosé Monteiro, Maria Bernando§, Mafalda Ferreira|, Tânia Rocha
‡ Instituto Superior Politécnico Gaya (ISPGaya), Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal§ Universidade Aberta (UAB), Lisboa, Portugal| Instituto Português de Administração e Marketing (IPAM), Porto, Portugal¶ Universidade de Trás os Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal
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In democratic countries, government websites became an important channel for interaction with the public administration in the last few years. Nevertheless, several issues have an impact on the way users access to content and information. Lack of accessibility and usability or, in the broad sense, lack of concern with user needs, can still be found in many government websites. To address the problem, a previous literature review on e-government information delivery attributes was performed. Based on this review, a large set of attributes related to quality was obtained to evaluate these dimensions in the context of e-government. The purpose of this study is to better understand which of these attributes are the most valued, in the users’ perspective, for evaluating content delivered by government websites. A qualitative approach was adopted, using Focus Group interviews as a strategy to obtain data and Thematic Analysis to analyze such data. The main results highlighted the attributes related to content delivery, interaction, and emotional aspects. User Experience, accessibility, and usability were prioritized by Focus Group participants.

Electronic Government, Usability, Accessibility, User Experience (UX), Quality