Topical Interest Groups Virtual Business Meetings

Each Topical Interest Group (TIG) will hold a virtual Business Meeting at Eval20: Reimagined! 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 Business Meetings are an excellent community and discovery experience for AEA members, new and seasoned. View the schedule for TIG Business Meetings below. Registration is required for most TIG Facilitated Business Meetings and for all AEA Facilitated Business Meetings.


Thursday, October 22, 2020 (7:00-8:00 PM Eastern)

Arts, Culture, and Museums

Disaster & Emergency Management Evaluation

Evaluation Policy

Graduate Students and New Evaluators

Health Evaluation

Nonprofit and Foundations

PreK-12 Educational Evaluation

Program Design

Quantitative Methods: Theory and Design

Monday, October 26, 2020 (3:00-4:00 PM Eastern)

College Access Programs

Community Development

Democracy and Governance

Distance Education & Other Educational Technologies

Integrating Technology into Evaluation

International and Cross Cultural Evaluation

Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building

Research on Evaluation

Social Impact Measurement

STEM Education and Training

Translational Research Evaluation

Monday, October 26, 2020 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Cluster, Multi-site and Multi-level Evaluation

Community Psychology

Data Visualization and Reporting

Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse

Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues

Needs Assessment

Research, Technology & Development Evaluation

Social Network Analysis

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 (5:30-6:30 PM Eastern)

Behavioral Health

Costs, Effectiveness Benefits, and Economics

Design and Analysis of Experiments

Environmental Program Evaluation

Evaluation Managers and Supervisors

Graduate Education Diversity Internship

Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation

Leadership and Organizational Performance

Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation

Social Work

Systems in Evaluation

Theories of Evaluation

University-Based Centers

Youth Focused Evaluation

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Advocacy and Policy Change

Assessment in Higher Education

Crime and Justice

Extension Education Evaluation

Feminist Issues in Evaluation

Internal Evaluation


Monday, October 26, 2020 (5:30-6:30 PM Eastern; AEA Sponsored Platform)

Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation

Government Evaluation

Human Services Evaluation

Independent Consulting

Qualitative Methods

Use and Influence of Evaluation

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern; AEA Sponsored Platform)

Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations

Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research

Military and Veterans

Mixed Methods Evaluation

Program Theory and Theory-Driven Evaluation

Teaching of Evaluation

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 the knowledge, experience, and skills of each member 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 the way that they bring 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 there is no specific obligation 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 tend to focus their efforts around the AEA annual conference.

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


AEA members are allowed to join up to five 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. To join a TIG, click 'Join' next to the TIG name. Your request will be queued for approval to ensure you have not exceeded your limit of five. You will be notified when your request is approved.

To remove yourself from a TIG, click 'Member' next to the TIG name below, and then click the 'Leave Community' button on the following page.

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 or Damon King at AEA Headquarters at for guidance around TIGs.