Standardization of the Content and Information Deficit on Official Websites

From April 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014, the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, with support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, implemented the regular project provided for monitoring of the official websites of the governmental bodies (GB) of Armenia to assess the level of their information transparency. This was the logical extension of the activity commenced in 2011.

The monitoring covers official websites of 44 GB, which are divided into 2 groups. The first group included 34 Ministries, bodies within the Government of Armenia and other Departments. The second group encompassed the official websites of 10 marzes (hereinafter, regions) of the country, enclosed within the integrated net, The System of the Territorial Administration (hereinafter, websites of the regional administrations).

The Research involved four stages. The first was preparatory stage: when the contacts with the representatives of the governmental bodies responsible for the official websites were established for further cooperation. The second stage encompassed the preliminary analysis and the assessment of the websites by the experts of the CPFE, compiling and publishing the rating of the information transparency. The third stage was the period of collaboration, when the monitoring preliminary results were available to be presented to the representatives of the governmental bodies, and the official websites were improved in result of discussions with the CPFE experts. The fourth stage summarized the results of the Research and launched the final rating of the information transparency of the GB observed in 2014.

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