Written By: Andrew Wilson, Office of Communications, SAMHSA
Several weeks ago, we asked for help in thinking through how SAMHSA’s website could be better organized. Using an online exercise (called a card sort), participants organized key behavioral health topics into pre-defined categories. The response to our request for participation was tremendous with over 1000 individuals participating over the course of one week. Participants included:
- 847 Behavioral Health Professionals
- 193 Personal/ General Users
- 70 SAMHSA staff
The next step in this process is to ask for your help with a different exercise – a “reverse card sort”. Although the name sounds similar to the previous effort, the exercise is quite different. In this case, you will be asked to find specific pieces of information within a tree structure (think folders and subfolders in Microsoft Windows).
As with the card sorting exercise, this activity is very intuitive and should take you less than 15 minutes to complete. And as before, expertise in Web design or technology is NOT needed.
This reverse card sort exercise will be available online from August 28 to September 3, 2012, and your participation is completely anonymous. To start, please select the link below that best applies to you:
- General Public Reverse Card Sort (I use SAMHSA.gov primarily for personal purposes)
- Behavioral Health Professionals Reverse Card Sort (I use SAMHSA.gov primarily for professional purposes)
- SAMHSA Staff Reverse Card Sort (I am a SAMHSA employee or contractor supporting SAMHSA programs)
Thanks again for your continued participation. Your assistance will influence the future direction of SAMHSA’s Web presence. If you happen to know other people who might be interested in participating, please share this information with them.