Showing Life Opportunities: COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey

Showing Life Opportunities: COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey

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More than 1.5 billion students have to stay at home due to COVID-19 school closures, more than 90 percent of total enrolled learners (UNESCO, 04.01.2020). To ensure learning continuity, students have to study at home. However, it is unclear how the students respond to this challenge and if there is a way to improve their lives. Therefore, we conducted a COVID-19 Rapid Response study among current high school students in Ecuador. We aim to understand how the students respond to these challenges (how they use time, plan for the future, plan a career, and manage mental health and stress), and to investigate the extent to which online soft-skill entrepreneurial courses (Personal Initiative and Negotiations) help students overcome these challenges. These courses were provided within our larger project “Showing Life Opportunities,” and we will compare outcomes to students who instead received placebo courses in Spanish and English.

Questionnaire Description

This questionnaire is designed to measure access to remote learning technologies, time use, and psychological well-being of youth aged 14-18. 

Respondent Population Characteristics

Youth aged 14-18

Project Data Collection Mode

  • CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)

Researchers (*corresponding author)

Igor AsanovThomas ÅstebroGuido BuenstorfBruno CréponFrancisco FloresDavid McKenzieMona MensmannMathis Schulte


Ministry of Education, Ecuador (Zone 2), World BankHEC ParisUniversity of KasselWarwick Business School

Questionnaire File Type

Reader-friendly survey instrument

Questionnaire Language(s)

English (version provided here)

Questionnaire Usage Permissions

Use with attribution

Questionnaire Stage

Data Collection Completed

May 14, 2020