Impact & Research
Defining Global Standards for Digital Intelligence
What are digital competencies for the future?

What is the impact of digital media and technology on children and its implication to national and global society?

What are effective ways to provide safe and creative digital education eco-system for all children around the world?

DQ Institute adopts an evidence-based and data-based approach. DQ metrics were developed through data analytic research through multi-national studies based on a multi-disciplinary approach.

We invite researchers, educators, and organizations around the world to tackle these issues to be part of our DQ Research Network.

Key Projects
  • 2016 Singapore DQ Pilot Study
  • 2017 Global DQ Index Study
  • 2017 Efficacy of the Help-Reporting System
  • Economic Cost/Benefits of DQ
2016 Singapore DQ Pilot Study

The DQ online education program was developed through a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University and infollutionZERO with support from the Inter-Ministry of Cyber Wellness Steering Committee and Singtel in Singapore. The 2016 Singapore DQ Pilot Impact Study involved 2218 8-12 year old children and was successfully conducted to understand the efficacy and impact of the DQ online program to enhance children’s DQ skills and improve their attitudes and behaviors against cyber risks. 

The results were highlighted at the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting that was held in Davos, Switzerland found here.

Check out Our 2016 DQ Impact Report (Part 2):
The Top 8 Empowerments of DQ Education

Minimise Risky Online Behaviors

By increasing the DQ Score, DQ World minimises risky behaviours online and maximises future-ready skills including critical thinking and empathy of children aged 8–12.


Figure: DQ Score:

Maximise Future-Ready Skills

Higher parental and teacher engagement – through active facilitation and performance tracking – achieved greater improvements in DQ.

Figure: DQ Empathy:



Highly significant correlation (R=0.583, p-value <0.001) between DQ score and empathy. Note: DQ Score in this graph is the average of the scores of digital citizen identity, screen time management, cyber bullying management, cyber security management, critical thinking, digital footprint management and privacy management.

Figure: DQ Global Citizenship:



Highly significant correlation (R=0.619,p-value<0.001) between DQ score and global citizenship.

Figure: DQ Critical Thinking:


Highly signficant correlation (R=0.719,p-value<0.001) between DQ and critical thinking skills. Note: DQ Score in this graph is the average of the scores of digital citizen identity, screen time management, cyber bullying management, cyber security management, digital empathy, digital footprint management and privacy management.
2017 Global DQ Index Study

The  inaugural global DQ Index study is currently underway, starting with the #DQEveryChildinitiative kick-off in March 2017 in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and other global partners. The purpose of the study is to understand the following five areas of digital lives among 8-12 year old children living in different countries around the world: the level of digital intelligence competency, personal strengths, balanced use of technology and media, exposure to cyber risks, and the level of guidance and support. It aims to set the global standard for digital citizenship for children.

The results will be published in the DQ Index Report series. The first global DQ Index Report will be published in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

We aim to invite researchers around the world to be part of this study. If you are interested to bring this study to your country, please contact us.

2017 Efficacy of the Help-Reporting System

In the 2016 DQ Pilot Impact Study, about 60% of children who were exposed to cyber-victimization wanted extra help to handle their cyber issues. A 2015 DQ e-counselling study conducted by the National Institute of Education, Singapore also revealed that timely intervention is critical to improve emotional well-being of children who are exposed to cyber-risks.

From September 2017, DQWorld.netTM will include a unique help-reporting system to detect a child’s exposure to various cyber-risks and provide opportunities to proactively intervene to help at-risk child. 

The study will be conducted to understand its effectiveness through Private-Public Partnership in Singapore and Australia:

• Singapore: Singtel (private) – National Council of Social Service (public) – TOUCH Cyber Wellness, Feiyue (civil society) 
• Australia: via Optus (Singtel) and Kids Helpline Strategic Corporate Partnership – collaboration and knowledge sharing



Economic Cost/Benefits of DQ

What is the impact of DQ education for 8-12 year old children? This study aims to understand how a nation’s economic growth and societal well-beings can be improved by 2030 with the national improvement of children’s DQ levelin 2017. 

• Economic cost of game addiction
• Social cost of cyber threats

DQ Index Reports

With a global DQ standard, there is now a way to assess the digital intelligence quotient of children across the world.

DQ Index
The Global DQ Index Report publishes the Global DQ Index. As the established standard for digital intelligence, DQ will be measured and tracked globally, and published in collaboration with the World Economic Forum annually. The first report will be released in January 2018.

The DQ National Report assesses the national DQ Score of 8-12 year old children. It aims to report general findings and provide evidence-based recommendations to advance national policies on digital education and online safety for children. 

If you are interested in obtaining DQ National Reports for your county, please contact us.

DQ News

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