Web site credibility derives from multiple factors, including overall design and functionality as well as page content and organization. Readers are more likely to continue reading and return to a site if they feel the information is up-to-date and credible.
- Keep information current—outdated information and incorrect or nonworking internal links suggest carelessness and unreliability.
- Clearly identify who owns/operates the site.
- Provide contact information (email, phone and mailing address).
- Provide a helpful set of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQ).
- Cite evidence whenever possible, either by providing references to relevant publications or by stating that information is based on professional judgment or best practice.
- Provide author names and credentials.
- Model Systems Web sites should:
- Acknowledge NIDILRR funding.
- Provide NIDILRR grant number(s) and date(s).
- Provide the name(s) and contact information of the principal investigator(s).
- Identify the specific grant cycle and dates associated with each Model System project.