How the federal USWDS community can participate in our research

Help shape the future of USWDS.

We are actively seeking feedback from federal employees including designers, developers, UX practitioners, content strategies, and others. Getting input from the USWDS community is critical for us to deliver a design system that works for you.

We regularly carry out research to better understand what you need from the design system and to get early feedback on ideas we have.

Sign up to be added to our list of participants

We’re looking for federal government employees who either currently use USWDS or who are curious about USWDS. We unfortunately can’t include contractors as part of this research effort.

To sign up: Fill out a brief research signup form or email us at uswds@gsa.gov to tell us you’re interested. We’ll reach out when we have a research opportunity for you.

Your participation is completely voluntary and you can opt out at any time by emailing us at uswds@gsa.gov.

What to expect if we invite you to participate

We’ll share the research purpose and details with you when we reach out to see if you’re interested in participating. Typically, participating could mean:

  • Offering asynchronous feedback on a concept
  • Having a 30-60 minute conversation with us
  • Testing a prototype and thinking out loud (which we would ask to record)

We’ll send a participation agreement and ask if you have any questions before you decide.

We can’t offer monetary compensation to federal employees.


Your privacy is important to us, and we adhere to strict data security and privacy protocols. All information shared during these research sessions will be kept confidential and used solely for research purposes. Any personal information you share will be stored securely. See more details about our privacy protocols on 18F’s Privacy Page.


If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact us at uswds@gsa.gov

Latest updates

Meaningful code and guidance updates are listed in the following table:

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