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Annual Topical Interest Groups Virtual Meetings

Each Topical Interest Group (TIG) will hold a virtual meeting before, after, or during Evaluation 2022! 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.

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 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, November 1, 2022 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Data Visualization and Reporting

Design and Analysis of Experiments

Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations

Internal Evaluation

Teaching of Evaluation

Translational Research Evaluation

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 (7:00-8:00 PM Eastern)

Government Evaluation

Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building

Research on Evaluation

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern): AEA Staff Facilitated Session

Program Theory and Theory-Driven Evaluation: (re) Shaping Theory-Driven Evaluation Together 

(Re) Shaping Theory-Driven Evaluation Together

- Chair: Jennifer Villalobos, Claremont Graduate University

- Discussant: Jori N. Hall, University of Georgia

Following the Science to Reshape Theory-Driven Evaluation Together

Theory-driven Evaluation Framework for Multi-level Culturally-responsive Evaluation

- Huey Chen, Liliana Morosanu, & Cheryl R. Gaddis, Mercer University

Reframing Theory-driven Evaluation to Advance Equity

- Stewart I. Donaldson, Claremont Graduate University

- Katrina L. Bledsoe, Abt Associates

Social Work

Thursday, November 3, 2022 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Assessment in Higher Education

College Access Programs

Community Development

Extension Education Evaluation

Graduate Students and New Evaluators 

University-Based Centers

Thursday, November 3, 2022 (7:00-8:00 PM Eastern)

Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation

Evaluation Policy

Independent Consulting

Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation

Qualitative Methods

Monday, November 7, 2022 (8:00-9:00 PM Eastern)

PreK-12 Educational Evaluation

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Arts, Culture, and Museums

Environmental Program Evaluation

Feminist Issues in Evaluation

Graduate Education Diversity Internship

Health Evaluation

Integrating Technology into Evaluation

International and Cross Cultural Evaluation

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues

Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation

Needs Assessment

Nonprofit and Foundations

Quantitative Methods: Theory and Design

Research, Technology & Development Evaluation

Social Impact Measurement

Youth Focused Evaluation

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 (5:30-6:30 PM Eastern): AEA Staff Facilitated Session

Human Services Evaluation

Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse

Systems in Evaluation

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 (7:00-8:00 PM Eastern)

Costs, Effectiveness Benefits, and Economics

Thursday, November 17, 2022 (9:00-10:00 AM Eastern)

Democracy and Governance

Thursday, November 17, 2022 (4:30-5:30 PM Eastern)

Advocacy and Policy Change

STEM Education and Training

Thursday, November 17, 2022 (7:00-8:00 PM Eastern)

Cluster, Multi-site and Multi-level Evaluation

Disaster & Emergency Management Evaluation

Leadership and Organizational Performance

Mixed Methods Evaluation

Social Network Analysis

Theories of Evaluation