2021 Survey of the Virtual Exchange Field

Deadline: September 1, 2021, 5:00 pm (in your local time zone)

About the Survey: Welcome to the 2021 Stevens Initiative Survey of the Virtual Exchange Field, an important and timely effort to document globally the numbers and types of virtual exchanges connecting young people with their peers in countries around the world. Your participation and cooperation will yield critical insights about virtual exchange programs and the evolution and growth of the field, especially during the time of the pandemic.

Instructions:
Who should respond: Please respond to this survey if you are the overall coordinator or administrator of virtual exchange programs at your organization/institution, or have knowledge of most programs.

The survey includes questions about your organization as well as the virtual exchange programs that you offer. We ask, for example, about the types of programs you offered over the past year (Sep. 2020 - Aug. 2021); the typical duration of your programs; the countries where your participants are based; and the content areas of your programs. All program data will be collected in aggregate (i.e. across all programs) instead of for individual programs. We strongly recommend having this type of information ready before you begin the survey (you can preview the survey by downloading this PDF). If you cannot complete the survey in one session, you can close the web browser and return to it and complete it later, but only if you use the same device. We anticipate the survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete.


Defining Virtual Exchange: Prior to beginning the survey, please refer to the Stevens Initiative's Virtual Exchange Typology. For the purposes of this survey, a virtual exchange is a method that uses technology to connect people for education and exchange yet can be inclusive of many program types. Common elements of virtual exchange programs include the following:
  • They typically serve young people.
  • They are international, connecting participants in different countries in order to help them gain global competencies, among other knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • They are often facilitated by prepared, responsible adults who are often--but not always--educators.
Our Appreciation:
Participating in the survey offers several opportunities to showcase your work. To show our appreciation for completing this survey, the Stevens Initiative will:
  • Publicly release the aggregated data from this survey later this fall, including sending a report to all respondents.
  • Select a few programs that submit valid responses to be highlighted either in the public report or in a public webinar to discuss the survey findings in November 2021.
  • Acknowledge and list all participating and eligible virtual exchange providers on the Initiative’s website with a link to include in your promotional efforts. In 2020, our website was viewed over 128,000 times and our outreach list had over 8,000 subscribers.
Note: only those participating programs deemed to meet our definition of virtual exchange will be eligible to participate in the above incentives.

How we use your data:
The Initiative will only share aggregated data and we will not share individual responses that are associated with your programs or organization. We ask for your contact information for the sole purpose of following up to clarify any questions about your survey responses.

Thank you again for your willingness to participate. Any questions can be directed to stevensinitiative.survey@gmail.com. You can now begin the survey.
 
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