EvalYouth is a multi-stakeholder partnership assisting young and emerging evaluators in becoming future leaders in the evaluation profession. They strive to promote young and emerging evaluators, including young women, to become technically sound, experienced and well networked professionals within the evaluation culture at national, regional, and international levels. EvalYouth was formed during Global Evaluation Week, held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in November 2015.
First multilingual virtual conference with more than 150 participants
One of EvalYouth’s priorities for 2016-2018 is to organize conferences to share knowledge, learnings, and best practices relevant to young and emerging evaluators. As the nature of these conferences is international, it is crucial to make it possible for all participants to attend and engage in different languages in a cost effective way. EvalYouth found the concept of virtual conferences as the optimal solution to fulfill these objectives. After making their decision, the challenge became actually hosting their first virtual conference with more than 150 participants from all over the world and allowing them to connect and engage in their own languages.
"EvalYouth hosted its first virtual conference ever on VoiceBoxer. The success of the event was phenomenal. This was made possible at a cost less than flying two participants to a face-to-face conference and enabled more than 150 participants to participate and interact in three languages. This is to me a fabulous lesson in efficiency and effectiveness, especially in the light of the diverse and rich content that the conference was able to offer."
- Ziad Moussa, President of IOCE and Co-Chair of EvalPartners -
THE SOLUTION AND RESULTS
To face the challenge, EvalYouth required a platform with the capacity to have more than 150 participants engaged and where English, Spanish, and French could be spoken and understood by the speakers and the audience at the same time–that’s where VoiceBoxer’s unique platform proved effective. The technology’s integration of multi-channel simultaneous interpretation into a platform built specifically for multilingual participation proved to be the perfect choice . What’s more, EvalYouth’s 6-hour multilingual event with 10 speakers was held at less cost than flying just two of the speakers to a face-to-face conference.
The opportunity to participate, listen, and engage in multiple languages really paid off:
increase in engagement was achieved by offering attendance in multiple languages.