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Annual Topical Interest Groups Virtual Meetings

Each Topical Interest Group (TIG) will hold a virtual meeting before, after, or during Eval21 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 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 or Damon King at AEA Headquarters at for guidance around TIGs. 



Thursday, November 4, 2021 (7:00 PM Eastern)

Integrating Technology into Evaluation

Qualitative Methods

Research on Evaluation


Monday, November 8, 2021 (4:30-5:30 PM Eastern)

Assessment in Higher Education

College Access Programs

Community Development

Costs, Effectiveness Benefits, and Economics

Data Visualization and Reporting

Evaluation Policy

International and Cross Cultural Evaluation

Mixed Methods Evaluation

Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building

Social Impact Measurement

STEM Education and Training

Translational Research Evaluation

Monday, November 8, 2021 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Independent Consulting

Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues

Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation

Needs Assessment

Nonprofit and Foundations

Theories of Evaluation

Monday, November 8, 2021 (5:30-6:30 PM Eastern) - AEA Staff Faciliated

Design and Analysis of Experiments

Graduate Students and New Evaluators

Human Services Evaluation

Research, Technology & Development Evaluation


Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (5:30-6:30 PM Eastern)

Advocacy and Policy Change

Cluster, Multi-site and Multi-level Evaluation

Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation: CPE: Raising Consciousness and Taking Steps Toward Enlightenment for Evaluation 2021 

Democracy and Governance

Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations

Disaster & Emergency Management Evaluation

Extension Education Evaluation

Internal Evaluation

Leadership and Organizational Performance

University-Based Centers

Environmental Program Evaluation


Wednesday, November 10, 2021 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Social Work - AEA Staff Facilitated

Arts, Culture, & Museums

Behavioral Health

Community Psychology

Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation

Military and Veterans

PreK-12 Educational Evaluation

Systems in Evaluation

Teaching of Evaluation


Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (5:00-6:00 PM Eastern)

Feminist Issues in Evaluation

Government Evaluation

Graduate Education Diversity Internship

Health Evaluation

Program Design

Youth Focused Evaluation


Thursday, November 18, 2021 (7:00-8:00 PM Eastern)

Evaluation Managers & Supervisors

Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse

Quantitative Methods: Theory and Design

Social Network Analysis (code 94321)

Use and Influence of Evaluation