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 Efficacy of the Help-Reporting System
  • 2018 Digital Literacy Coalition
  • 2018 Global DQ Index Study
  • OECD Future We Want
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 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



2018 Digital Literacy Coalition

In 2018, the DQ Institute is working in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, IEEE and the World Economic Forum to launch the Digital Literacy Coalition (DLC). The DLC is an international collaborative research project whose goal is to provide nations with a comprehensive framework of digital literacy competencies and high-quality resources in order to bring holistic digital literacy education to children and individuals worldwide.  

This year, the Institute is supporting the DLC’s development of a digital literacy framework and the creation of a global map of pedagogical tools and practices that will provide insight on existing literacy policies and practices around the world.

2018 Global DQ Index Study

On Safer Internet Day (6th February 2018), the 2018 DQ Impact Report was published in association with the World Economic Forum. As part of our #DQEveryChild movement to empower children with digital intelligence (DQ), the multinational report delved into the current state of online safety and digital citizenship among 38,000 8-12 year olds across 29 countries. In particular, we focused on how children became exposed to cyber-risks and how these risks may affect them.  

Our key finding, that 56% of 8-12 year olds are exposed to at least one cyber-risk (including risks like cyberbullying and online grooming), is particularly revealing of the work that lies ahead for all of us in the creation of an ethical digital ecosystem for this generation of digital natives.  

The full report and more information can be found below:

• The World Economic Forum – Impact Page, Blog, Video and Press Release

OECD Future We Want

As part of strengthening the foundations of the OECD Learning Framework 2030 to re-think education in the 21st century, the DQ Institute is heading a Future We Want global movement to spark conversations around what we wish to see in our future.  

Building on OECD’s Better Life Initiative, the Institute is embarking on a journey to collect stories from individuals across all sectors of society – students, educators, parents, business leaders, policymakers – through our key question: What kind of future do you see for yourself and your community?  

We are excited to be part of such a creative project and for the vividly imagined narratives that we will be collecting.

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 2019.

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

Get to know more about how DQ is impacting lives in and around the region. Find out more latest and past news here.