DiSTO Uruguay

There are two different research initiatives connected to the DiSTO project currently taking place in Uruguay

Overview

From technologies to tangible outcomes

De las tecnologías a los resultados tangibles. El rol de las habilidades digitales en el bienestar de los estudiantes de la educación media pública uruguaya” (From technologies to tangible outcomes: the role of digital skills in the wellbeing of Uruguay’s public secondary education students) consists in the adaptation, validation and implementation of the DiSTO project a very specific population: students at public secondary education in the capital city of Uruguay (Montevideo). This research project aims to gather data regarding the relationship between digital skills, the uses of digital resources, and the outcomes that arise from theses uses at this specific moment in the life course of young Uruguayans. The study will allow understanding which students are actually benefiting from the use of the Internet, the role of digital skills in these outcomes as well as their interactions in the context of secondary formal education.

This is achieved via:

  • Expert validation of the questionnaire
  • 18 cognitive interviews to adapt questionnaire to Uruguayan public education context
  • Pilot: 40 individuals to pilot questionnaire and 200 to pilot scales
  • Representative survey of 1000 students in Montevideo’s Secondary Public Schools system

WIPUy+DiSTO

WIPUy+DiSTO, consists in the integration of the World Internet Project (WIP) and DiSTO project in a longitudinal study of Uruguayan adults. WIPUy+DiSTO also adapts and validates the “From Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes” but to a wider and more adult population. The study starts as a cross sectional study Uruguayan adults (18+) that shifts in successive waves to a statistically representative panel of adult Internet users only. Both WIP Uruguay and DiSTO questionnaires will be assessed, as well as field-specific topics for the Internet panel respondents only.

This is achieved via:

  • Expert validation of the questionnaire
  • 10 pair cognitive interviews and 5 individual cognitive interviews to adapt questionnaire to Uruguay
  • Pilot: 40 individuals to pilot questionnaire
  • Representative survey of 2000 Uruguayans with access to a cell phone
  • Representative survey of Internet users using a sub-sample of the first one.

Support

De las tecnologías a los resultados tangibles. El rol de las habilidades digitales en el bienestar de los estudiantes de la educación media pública uruguaya” is funded by the Fondo Sectorial "Inclusión Digital: Educación con Nuevos Horizontes" – 2015 of the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII) and Ceibal Foundation.

WIPUy+DiSTO is funded by the Carolan Research Institute and the Universidad Católica del Uruguay.

Research team

From technologies to tangible outcomes

Ana Laura Rivoir

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ana Laura Rivoir is a full time researcher and professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Universidad de la Republica (at the University since 1991). She is coordinator of the research group ObervaTIC (Observatory on Information and Communication Technologies) at Universidad de la República since 2007. Member of the National System of Researchers of Uruguay (Level I) She is Editor of Revista de Ciencias Sociales. Since December 2015 she is Vice President of Latin American Sociological Association, ALAS. Her actual research interests are about digital media and social inclusion, human infomational development and social inequalities.

Matias Dodel

Principal Investigator

Phd (c) Matías Dodel is Office Coordinator of the Secretary of Research; the Research Group on Society & Internet; and Adjunct Professor at the Communications Department and Social and Political Sciences Department, at Universidad Católica del Uruguay. His research focuses on digital inequalities and their impact on traditional axes of socioeconomic disparities in areas such as education-to-work transitions, e-government and digital safety. He is currently involved in two DiSTO initiatives in Uruguay (DiSTO at Highschool, and WIP + DiSTO) as well as in the Uruguayan Chapters of Kids Online Latin American and the World Internet Project.

 

Susana Lamschtein

Principal Investigator

Phd (c) Susana Lamschtein researches on digital inclusion in different groups of Uruguay since 2007 at the Department of Sociology Faculty of Social Sciences, Universidad de la Republica. Her doctoral thesis consists of the study of different outcomes and the use of digital technologies in secondary students of Montevideo. She teaches quantitative research methodologies at undergraduate courses of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Universidad de la República. Member of the National System of Researchers of Uruguay (Level Candidate) since 2014.Member of the research group ObservaTIC since 2007.

Federico Rodriguez

Research Assistant 

Federico Rodriguez,  B.A. in Socioeconomic Development from Faculty of Social Sciences at  Universidad de la República. He is a researcher at the Observatory of Information and Comunication Technologies and is currently involved in different projects focused on Information Society.

WIPUy+DiSTO

Matias Dodel

Principal Investigator

Phd (c) Matías Dodel is Office Coordinator of the Secretary of Research; the Research Group on Society & Internet; and Adjunct Professor at the Communications Department and Social and Political Sciences Department, at Universidad Católica del Uruguay. His research focuses on digital inequalities and their impact on traditional axes of socioeconomic disparities in areas such as education-to-work transitions, e-government and digital safety. He is currently involved in two DiSTO initiatives in Uruguay (DiSTO at Highschool, and WIP + DiSTO) as well as in the Uruguayan Chapters of Kids Online Latin American and the World Internet Project.

Florencia Aguirre

Research assistant 

Florencia Aguirre,  B.A. in Sociology from the Faculty of Human Sciences at Universidad Católica del Uruguay. She is a researcher at the Research Group on Society & Internet and is currently involved in different projects focused on Information Society.