Annual Topical Interest Groups Virtual Meetings

Each Topical Interest Group (TIG) will hold a virtual meeting before or after Evaluation 2023 with a select few holding an additional meeting in-person! All attendees are welcome to join these meetings and learn more about the year-long initiatives of each TIG.

These meetings offer an informal opportunity to meet and network with TIG members and partake in top-of-mind discussions. TIG Virtual Meetings are an excellent community and discovery experience for AEA members, new and seasoned. Registration is required for most TIG Facilitated Meetings and for all AEA Facilitated Meetings.

See the schedule of virtual meetings below

Virtual Meeting Schedule


A select few TIGs will also be holding in-person meetings at Evaluation 2023. See the schedule for in-person meetings below. 

Thursday, October 12, 2023 (12:40-1:25 PM Eastern)

Assessment in Higher Education

White River Ballroom A

Democracy and Governance

White River Ballroom B

Disaster & Emergency Management Evaluation

White River Ballroom C

Feminist Issues in Evaluation

White River Ballroom D

Graduate Students and New Evaluators

White River Ballroom G

Social Impact Measurement

White River Ballroom H

Social Work

White River Ballroom I

Teaching of Evaluation

Room 309/310


Thursday, October 12, 2023 (1:35-2:20 PM Eastern)

Advocacy and Policy Change

White River Ballroom F

Behavioral Health

Grand Ballroom 4

Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation

Grand Ballroom 1

Costs, Effectiveness Benefits, and Economics

Grand Ballroom 2

Human Services Evaluation

Grand Ballroom 3

Needs Assessment

Grand Ballroom 8

Program Theory and Theory-Driven Evaluation

Grand Ballroom 9

Research, Technology & Development Evaluation

Room 102

Social Network Analysis

Grand Ballroom 10

About TIGs

The 60 Topical Interest Groups are the heart and soul of AEA. Each TIG is defined around a special topic or interest and creates a forum whereby each member's knowledge, experience, and skills can become a resource that the entire community can leverage. TIGs serve many roles for AEA, including: reviewing proposals for the annual conference, curating the vast learnings submitted, and expertly connecting the education to the conference theme.

More than anything, TIGs are valuable in bringing together AEA’s diverse membership to make a large association feel like home.

Joining a TIG is an exclusive AEA member benefit and is your ticket to a community of experts who share similar backgrounds and work settings. Through TIGs, members have access to a network of professionals for collaboration on ideas and practices and a well of invaluable knowledge on topic areas of interest.

Your participation is based on your availability, and no specific obligation is associated with your TIG membership. Being active in a TIG allows you to increase your depth of knowledge in a specific area as well as gain leadership opportunities. Some TIGs are very active with vibrant online discussion lists, resource websites, and special networking events, while others focus their efforts on the AEA annual conference.

Join a TIG and Get the Most of Your AEA Membership!


AEA members are allowed to join any of the 60 Topical Interest Groups. Joining a TIG is easy and can be managed here. Simply log in and join the TIGs that best suit your interests.

Not a member? Join today to gain access to your fellow evaluation colleagues.

Lastly, should you ever have questions regarding TIGs, we’re here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact Zachary Grays at AEA Headquarters at for guidance around TIGs. 


Topical Interest Group (TIG) Annual Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 (2:00-3:00 PM Eastern)

Costs, Effectiveness Benefits, and Economics

Extension Education Evaluation

Health Evaluation

Internal Evaluation

Needs Assessment


Thursday, October 5, 2023 (4:00-5:00 PM Eastern)

Qualitative Methods 


Thursday, October 5, 2023 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Assessment in Higher Education

Behavioral Health

Community Psychology

Data Visualization and Reporting

Nonprofit and Foundations

Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building

PreK-12 Educational Evaluation

Program Theory and Theory-Driven Evaluation

Systems in Evaluation


Monday, October 16, 2023 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Advocacy and Policy Change

Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation

Design and Analysis of Experiments

Feminist Issues in Evaluation

Independent Consulting

Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation

International and Cross Cultural Evaluation

Theories of Evaluation


Monday, October 16, 2023 (7:00-8:00 PM Eastern)

Cluster, Multi-site and Multi-level Evaluation

Environmental Program Evaluation

Graduate Students and New Evaluators

Leadership and Organizational Performance

Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation

University-Based Centers


Tuesday, October 17, 2023 (9:30-10:30 AM Eastern)

Democracy and Governance


Tuesday, October 17, 2023 (2:00-3:00 PM Eastern)

Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations

Disaster & Emergency Management Evaluation

Graduate Education Diversity Internship

Mixed Methods Evaluation

Research, Technology & Development Evaluation

Social Impact Measurement

Social Network Analysis

STEM Education and Training

Teaching of Evaluation

Translational Research Evaluation

Youth Focused Evaluation


Tuesday, October 17, 2023 (5:30-6:30 PM Eastern)

Community Development

Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse

Research on Evaluation

Social Work

Use and Influence of Evaluation


Thursday, October 19, 2023 (7:00-8:00 PM Eastern)

Arts, Culture, and Museums

College Access Programs

Government Evaluation

Human Services Evaluation

Integrating Technology into Evaluation

Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues

Quantitative Methods: Theory and Design