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Lessons from the 113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards

Today CMF hosted a briefing for congressional staff on how to improve online communications with constituents, based on what we saw in our recent reviews of congressional websites and social media. The program also paid special attention on learning from the policies and practices of Gold Mouse Award-winning staffers.
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Social Media Innovations in Congress Add to Transparency and Accountability

In this month's Roll Call commentary, Brad Fitch and Kathy Goldschmidt identify some of the outstanding practices that received CMF's first-ever Gold Mouse Awards for Social Media. They also discuss why Members of Congress need to adjust their one-sided approach to social media, and instead use these tools to be more accountable and transparent to citizens.
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FAQ About the 113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards

CMF announced the winners of the 113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards on Monday, April 28. Below are answers 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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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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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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SETTING COURSE

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Now in its 13th edition, Setting Course is a comprehensive guide to managing a congressional office:

  • Part I is for new Members, focusing on setting up an office. 
  • Part II helps Members themselves define their role in the office and in Congress. 
  • Part III provides guidance to veteran and freshman offices on managing specific office operations.