The From Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes collaboration project in Kuwait (DiSTO-Kuwait) consists of the translation, adaptation, validation and implementation of the global DiSTO methodology within a Kuwaiti context across a 15-month period beginning in September 2019. The DiSTO methodology utilizes an inclusive approach to measure people’s digital media use and their outcomes across four domains: Economic, Cultural, Social and Personal. To date, such multidimensional information on Kuwait’s digital media environment remains sparse, limiting a deeper understanding as to which individuals and groups are deriving the most tangible benefits from its use, and why. Such information is valuable to governments, businesses, educators, and individuals, all of whom seek to better harness the many dividends that Information and Communication Technologies can provide and make sure that their countries are ready for a digital future.
The DiSTO-Kuwait project’s primary outcomes include a multi-stakeholder presentation and workshop in Kuwait, international conference presentations, research publications, and an initial baseline of comparative data about digital media-use in Kuwait. The project data and reports will be made publicly available in order to inform related academic and policy discussions at various levels across the four domains measured. Such information is applicable to understanding and improving the wellbeing of residents, as well as helping Kuwait to improve its digital capabilities and global competitiveness. The data will further aid Kuwait by including it for the first time in important large-scale projects that evaluate digital media growth and social change around the world.
More information on the DiSTO project can be found here: www.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/research/DiSTO/Home.aspx
Ellen is Professor in Digital Inequalities at the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
Dr Fahed Al-Sumait
Fahed is Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait.
Nilesh is a Research Assistant on the project.