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ICYMI: Final ALN Session of 2013 Focuses on Mobile Technologies

Last month CMF was pleased to co-host along with the Beekeeper Group the latest session in our Advocacy Leaders Network series, "Mobile Advocacy: There's an App for That." This workshop focused on how mobile technologies can boost recruitment and participation, and help enhance the advocacy experience.

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FAQ About the 113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards

CMF kicked off our biennial Gold Mouse Awards project after Labor Day. Below are answers (updated March 2014) to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding this research. Don't see your question answered below? Please contact us.

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Nominate Your Office for a Gold Mouse Award in Social Media

Attention congressional staffers! Is your office using social media in innovative ways? We want to know about it! As a part of the Gold Mouse Awards for the 113th Congress, CMF will recognize Senators and Representatives who are using social media in interesting and forward-thinking ways. We encourage you to nominate your office for this new award.

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Changes to the 113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards

The Congressional Management Foundation has comprehensively evaluated congressional websites several times in an effort to improve Congress’s online communications with constituents. This year, we are changing our process and criteria slightly, as well as issuing our first-ever awards for social media.

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Award-Winning Characteristic #10: Diversity of Communications Channels

The 10th and final installment of our review of Gold Mouse criteria discusses the importance of communicating with constituents through multiple online channels. Users are increasingly expecting their online experiences to be interactive, and are expecting to access information on the platforms they are most comfortable with. Member websites should serve as a bridge to these different platforms and allow users to connect to the Member’s office in a variety of ways.

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The Benefits of Transparency and Accountability in Online Communications

The Internet continues to offer amazing opportunities for members of Congress and constituents to build relationships and communicate in a genuinely constructive way. When the Congressional Management Foundation surveyed congressional staff in 2010, 57 percent said email and the Internet have made members of Congress more “accountable” to their constituents — only 17 percent disagreed.

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#SocialMedia Cheat Sheet: Great Tips to Apply to Constituent Outreach

The 113th Congress looks as if it is quickly adapting to the changing world of social media. In fact, the vast majority of the newly elected Congress members (all but three, to be precise) have Twitter accounts. Read on to learn some useful tips on optimizing your communication through twitter.

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Interaction, Interconnectedness, and Interoperability: the Success of VYou on Constituent Communications

Whether serious (how will your state fare in the allocation of federal education dollars) or frivolous (is your Member of Congress a Yankees or a Mets fan), constituents are genuinely curious about the views of their elected officials. Unfortunately, the opportunity to pose these questions doesn’t often present itself.

Enter VYou, the online Q&A forum where online participants can conveniently upload questions to celebrities, experts and even their Members of Congress … if that Member has decided to participate, he or she can answer the questions posed by their constituents  in an audio-visual format.

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