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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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FDA Website Search Improvements

Description: Implement website search improvement tactics on FDA's website.

Public Health Outcome: This project will faciliate an improved user experience.

Accomplishment: While over 55% of visitors to FDA.gov utilize the search capability, improving the search capability in 2013 was a top priority. To improve search capabilities, OEA focused on the following three areas: 1) adding search filters - this was the search improvement most frequently requested by FDA’s visitors and allows users to limit their search results by product area, such as drugs or food; 2) archiving older pages - sometimes, a search on FDA.gov would yield pages of links to documents from years ago, which visitors found frustrating; and 3) improving search usability - OEA updated both FDA’s search page and search results page based on the latest best practices in web usability. As a result of these changes, FDA’s search satisfaction score (as measured by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI)) has improved from a 69 in mid-2012 to a 78 in December 2013.

Briefing Status: COMPLETED

Prior Briefing Status: COMPLETED

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Implement agency-wide campaign to de-clutter FDA's external website


Completed 1/1/2013

B. Establish schedules for reviewing and cleaning up web content


Completed 2/1/2013

C. Establish and deploy a web archiving capability for FDA


Completed 3/1/2013

D. Archive 10% of FDA web pages and files


Completed 9/30/2013

E. Provide additional options for filtering search results


Completed 10/18/2013

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.


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