Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for evaluating research-based sites


Authority

Authority is rated on the credentials of both the sponsoring organization and the individual authors of the information presented. These credentials include educational status of directors, staff and authors, number and quality of research publications, institutional affiliations and professional experience.


Content

Content is rated on the level of documentation provided for the information presented, such as citations of sources for research findings and statistics.


Ease of Use

Ease of Use is rated on the accessibility of material on the site, ease of navigation, consistent page layout, working links and acceptable loading time.


Stability

Stability is rated on the basis of the presence or absence of a creation/copyright date, evidence of maintenance such as update announcements, and consistent dating of interior pages.


Criteria for evaluating resource/recreation sites
Authority

Authority is rated on the credentials of both the sponsoring organization and the individual authors of the information presented. These credentials include educational status of directors, staff and authors, number and quality of research publications, institutional affiliations and professional experience.


Content

Content is related to the specificity of information, amount of advertising, and available features. These include, but are not limited to, organization of information by age and locality, practical tips for caregivers, an "Ask an Expert" option, message boards and links to other useful sites.


Ease of Use

Ease of use is based on whether the language is user-friendly, simple and clear and whether the site offers material in languages other than English.


Stability

Stability is rated on the basis of the presence or absence of a creation/copyright date, evidence of maintenance such as update announcements, and consistent dating of interior pages.


Criteria for evaluating medical sites


Authority

Authority is rated on the credentials of both the sponsoring organization and the individual authors of the information presented. These credentials include qualifications of the review board members and authors, professional status of the organization, and absence of conflict of interest.


Content

Content is rated on the level of documentation provided for the information presented, such as citations of sources for research findings and statistics.


Ease of Use

Ease of Use is rated on the accessibility of material on the site, user-friendliness of language, ease of navigation, consistent page layout, working links and acceptable loading time.


Stability

Stability is rated on the basis of the presence or absence of a creation/copyright date, evidence of maintenance such as update announcements, and consistent dating of interior pages.


Criteria for evaluating ask an expert sites and research news sites
Authority

Ask an expert sites: Authority of the site is rated on the credentials of both the sponsoring organization and the individual experts listed at the site. These credentials include educational status of directors, staff and authors, number and quality of research publications, institutional affiliations and professional experience.

Research news sites: Authority is rated on the credentials of both the sponsoring organization and the individual authors of the information presented. These credentials include educational status of directors, staff and authors, number and quality of research publications, institutional affiliations and professional experience.


Content

Ask an expert sites: Content is rated based on the availability of archived information, the division of contents within the website, the presence of an internal "search" function, and the sites support of "frames".

Research news sites: Content is rated on the level of documentation provided for the information presented, such as citations of sources for research findings and statistics. Other important factors include the existence of archives, internal search engines and a separate child development section.


Ease of Use

Ask an expert sites: Ease of use is based on whether the language is user-friendly, simple, clear and free of jargon.

Research news sites: Ease of use is rated on the accessibility of material on the site, ease of navigation, consistent page layout, working links and acceptable loading time. Sites with high scores in this category also feature easy to read, user-friendly language.


Stability

Ask an expert sites: Stability is rated on the basis of the presence or absence of a creation/copyright date, evidence of maintenance such as update announcements, and consistent dating of interior pages.

Research news sites: Stability is rated on the basis of the presence or absence of a creation/copyright date, evidence of maintenance such as update announcements, and consistent dating of interior pages.