Research and Evaluation - Our Approach
At MediaSmarts, our educational resources, public awareness campaigns, and policy recommendations are grounded in the best available evidence pertaining to digital media literacy. In collaboration and consultation with various partners, our research team specializes in designing and facilitating both qualitative and quantitative research projects and conducting robust evaluations of all our digital media literacy programs and resources.
Our longest-running research project – Young Canadians in a Wireless World (YCWW) – is the largest and most comprehensive study of how children and youth use the internet and digital technology in Canada. Phase I of this project began in 2000 and Phase IV results were released in 2023.
Most of our research projects involve working with children and youth from diverse communities across Canada. We focus on designing projects that create safe spaces for young people to share their thoughts, experiences, concerns, and solutions about various digital media literacy issues. Beyond participation in focus groups, interviews or surveys, we aim to empower young Canadians through the research process – providing them with knowledge and skills that they can take with them as they continue to navigate the online world and digital technology. We appreciate the time that all participants take to engage in our projects and the research team is always looking for new ways to collaborate with youth – acknowledging them as experts.