Document Type : Articles


1 Associate prof. Library and Information Science Department, Islamic Azad University, Tehran North Branch, Iran

2 MA Graduate in Library and Information Science, Islamic Azad University, North Tehran Branch, Iran


This study aims to evaluate the quality of Iran's Ministry of Interior website by comparing it with the websites of countries recognized by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), employing the Website Quality Evaluation Tool (WQET). We examined one hundred websites using WQET, encompassing nine criteria: content, functionality, currency, coverage, graphics, links, authority, style, and meta-tag use. This was affirmed through the validity of the interface-content tool (Cronbach's Alpha score of 0.91). The study revealed that Iran's Ministry of Interior website ranks 17th among the countries surveyed, positioning it robustly. The US Interior Ministry's website ranked first, followed by those of Germany, Belgium, Taiwan, Qatar, and Finland, all demonstrating excellent quality. Website designers focus predominantly on coverage, content, style, and graphics of the nine criteria under examination, leading to generally good ratings. However, the functionality and links criteria were rated average, while authority, currency, and meta-tag use were judged weak. Iran's Ministry of Interior website must focus on enhancing the factors influencing the overall quality to improve its standing. It is recommended to employ WQET to evaluate the websites of provincial governorates, organizations under the Ministry of Interior, as well as other government and non-government organizations with similar websites globally, in a bid to elevate the quality and accessibility of their online platforms.


Aghili, V. (2005). Development in the age of information and information society. Rasaneh, 64, 170-178. Retrieved from  [in Persian]  
Dragulanescu, N. G. (2002). Website quality evaluations: Criteria and tools. The International Information & Library Review, 34(3), 247-254.
Haneefa, K. & Venugopal, M. K. (2010). Contents of national library websites in Asia: An analysis. Annals of Library and Information Studies, 57, 98-108. Retrieved From
Hasan, L. & Abuelrub, E. (2011). Assessing the quality of web sites. Applied Computing and Informatics, 9(1), 11-29.
Hassanzadeh, M. & Navidi, F. (2009). Comparative study of Iran's Ministerial websites using www3 criteria and Users' experience. Library and Information Science Research, 10(2), 136-156.  [in Persian]
Hassanzadeh, M., Navidi, F., & Hosseini, M. (2009). Information era and accessible e-government.Tehran: Ketabdar Publishing. [In Persian]  
Jati, H. (2012). Quality ranking of e-government websites–grey analysis approach. In Proceedings of The International Conference on Computer and Computational Intelligence (pp. 317-322).
Management and Programming Organization. (2004). The Fourth Economic, Social and Cultural. Tehran: Center for Documentation and Publications. Act 11 - The Islamic Republic of Iran. [in Persian]
Mardaninezhad, A., Farhadi, I., Khanjani, T. & Amirimoghadam, M. (2013). Evaluating the qualities of virtual websites of the medical science universities. Strides in Development of Medical Education, 9(2), 179-190. Retrieved from  [In Persian]  
Mcinerney, C. R. & Bird, N. J. (2005). Assessing website quality in context: Retrieving information about genetically modified food on the web. Information Research: An International Electronic Journal,s 10(2). Retrieved from 
Michail, P. A. & Anastasios, A. E. (2009). Evaluating European ministries' websites. International Journal of Public Information Systems, 5(3), 147-177.
NooriAfkand, A., Motallebi, D. & Alipur Hafezi, M. (2013). Assessing websites of information science journals based on WQET. Journal of Information Systems and Services, 2(3), 1-12. Retrieved from  [In Persian]  
Noruzi, A. (2005). Web impact factors for Iranian universities. Webology, 2(1), 1-23. Retrieved from
Osareh, F., Heidari, Gh. & Zaree Farashbandi, F. (2007). Assessing websites of associations’ and national and international libraries. Journal of Library and Information Science, 10(2), 125-156. Retrieved from [in Persian]           
Osareh, F. & Papi, Z. (2008). Quality assessment of library website of Iranian state universities, Iranian Journal of Information Processing & Management, 23(4), 35-69. Retrieved from [In Persian]  
Papi, Z., & Abazari, Z. (2014). Using WQET to evaluate Asian and Middle Eastern countries' national libraries websites. National Studies on Librarianship and Information Organization, 25(3), 7-23. Retrieved from [In Persian]  
Radad, A. & Haghshenas, S. (2013). Evaluating the criteria of clarity of objectives and audiences, performance, up-to-dateness, credibility and leadership in the websites of public publishers in Iran using the WQET method. Journal of Publishing, 4, 39-49.           [In Persian]  
Rocha, A. (2012). Framework for a global quality evaluation of a website. Online Information Review, 36(3), 374-382. 
Tabatabaei Amiri, F., & Khaleghi, N. (2014). Quality assessment of women's Farsi websites specialized in the field of women and family in order to analyze the impact of websites on women and family culture. First National Conference on Cyberspace and Cultural Developments. [In Persian]  
Teimouri, M., Khoshnafs, H. & Nabizadeh, S. (2015). The quality study of provincial websites of Iranian Public Libraries Foundation with WQET and suggestions to improve. Research on Information Science and Public Libraries, 21(1),153-176.  [In Persian]