Year of Graduation


Level of Access

Open Access Thesis

Embargo Period


Department or Program

Computer Science

First Advisor

Mohammad T. Irfan


The activities of the United States Senate are a topic of interest for researchers and concerned members of the public alike. Websites such as GovTrack and allow people to research specific bills among many other offerings. However, they have significant weaknesses regarding their ease of use and the way they organize and store data. The Congressional Database Project aims to provide an intuitive user experience navigating government data while storing the data in a consistent database. We approach this project from an HCI perspective in order to determine the best ways to improve the user experience. We have conducted a qualitative user study to test the effectiveness of our design and identify potential areas of improvement. This paper provides an in-depth overview of the design of the Congressional Database on the front end and back end. It then explains the methodology of our user study and discusses the implications of its findings.