The digital service standard criteria are best-practice principles for designing and delivering government services. The criteria help teams to build services that are simple, clear and fast.
Who is this for?
The digital service standard applies to new and existing public-facing services of all government departments, government corporations and agents of the Government of Yukon unless specifically granted exception.
This includes all departments as well as the Yukon Development Corporation, the Yukon Housing Corporation and the Yukon Liquor Corporation.
Find out more about the scope of the standard.
Services need to be assessed to make sure they meet the 14 criteria. A service must pass all criteria and be approved by eServices for Citizens before it can be released to the public.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a review.
1. Understand user needs
Research to develop a deep knowledge of a service’s users and their context for the service.
2. Do ongoing user research
Develop a plan to conduct ongoing user research and usability testing of the service. The results of this research will continuously inform how we can improve it.
You must allow users to tell you what they think of your service while using or once they’ve finished using it. You can do this with a feedback form.
3. Have a multidisciplinary team
Put in place a suitable multidisciplinary team that can design, build and operate the service, led by a suitably skilled, adequately resourced and senior service manager with decision-making responsibility.
4. Use agile methods
Build your service using agile and user-centred methods as set out in the standard. Continuously and frequently iterate and improve on the service.
5. Understand security and privacy issues
Evaluate what user data and information the digital service will be providing or storing, as well as its location and retention schedule. Address security levels, legal responsibilities, privacy issues and risks associated with operating the service.
6. Use open and common standards
Build using open standards and common government technology platforms including the eServices Platform.
7. Deliver a bilingual service
Create a service available in both English and French.
8. Test the end-to-end service
Test the end-to-end service in an environment identical to that of the live version. Tests are to include all required web browsers and devices using test accounts and a representative sample of users. Include pre-scripted tests run by a computer (automated) and user acceptance tests (manual).
9. Make it accessible
Ensure the service is accessible to all users regardless of their ability and environment.
Government of Yukon strives for compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA.
10. Have a plan for being offline
Know what to do in the event of the digital service being taken temporarily offline and unavailable. Users expect that an online service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year so you need to know how people will be affected and how to get it back online.
11. Encourage everyone to use the digital service
Encourage all people to use the digital service alongside an appropriate plan to phase out non-digital channels and services. Until the non-digital options are phased out, ensure these channels and services can be used without repetition or confusion.
12. Collect and report on performance data
Use recommended tools to collect performance data and establish benchmarks in order to measure the success of the service. Use this data to analyze the service and to translate this into features and tasks for the next phase of iterative improvement.
13. Test with senior stakeholders
Test the service from end-to-end with senior stakeholders, such as Directors and Deputy Ministers before it goes to public beta and live. These people are responsible for the delivery of the service and are accountable for what’s produced by their branch or department.