Welcome to the Research on Evaluation (RoE) Topical Interest Group (TIG) website!


The Research on Evaluation (RoE) Topical Interest Group (TIG) seeks to advance the practice and standing of Research on Evaluation among members of the American Evaluation Association.   

The RoE TIG works to provide a venue for discussing, learning about, and promoting the use of Research on Evaluation amongst evaluation practitioners and academics, with the goal of supporting evaluators to explore and adopt high-quality evaluation practice.

About the RoE TIG

The Research on Evaluation Topical interest group launched in 2011 and now has approximately 550 members.

Key areas of interest include:

  • Defining research on evaluation

  • Research on evaluation practice

  • Research on evaluation methodology

  • Research on evaluation theory

What exactly is Research on Evaluation?

The term “research on evaluation” (also called RoE) has been used to encompass a broad range of inquiry methods, both systematic and unsystematic, that examine evaluation theories, methods, and practices (Coryn et al., 2016). With the goal of providing greater clarity and specificity, RoE scholars have begun considering operational definitions of “research on evaluation”.

Chris Coryn and colleagues (2016) for example, define research on evaluation as:

“Any purposeful, systematic, empirical inquiry intended to test existing knowledge, contribute to existing knowledge, or generate new knowledge related to some aspect of evaluation processes or products, or evaluation theories, methods or practices”  (Coryn et al., 2016, p.3).

Fierro (working definition) contributes another useful definition that adds the importance of RoE for informing the practice of evaluation: 

"A research investigation that generates findings with the intended purpose of creating a stronger evidence base and infrastructure for the applied practice of evaluation" (Fierro, working definition). 

While Coryn et al. carefully explore what research on evaluation is about, Fierro expands to include the intentionality and purpose of research on evaluation.

In 2019, the Research on Evaluation TIG held a number of discussions about what RoE means to the group. These two definitions and understandings rose to the top. Our understanding of what research on evaluation is (and isn't) is constantly evolving and we need your voice to help us!

Stay current

What's new in Research on Evaluation (RoE)?

Election Results
Welcome to the 2022-2025 RoE TIG Leadership:

Michael, Dana, Kathleen, and Gregory are all grateful for your membership during our terms over the past few years. We look forward to the new directions the new team will lead the TIG!

Webinar Series 
(Generously Sponsored by the Faster Forward Fund)
Our webinar series will return in 2022. We are currently seeking presenters to share their experiences and expertise on research on evaluation. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Esther Nolton.

Annual Meeting
Our annual meeting was held on November 4, 2021 via zoom. In addition to TIG-related business, we hosted Mariana Branco & Stephen Porter for their presentation, Understanding and addressing potential for harm in evaluation practice. You can view the business meeting here and the presentation and discussion at this link

RoE Past Webinars

The RoE TIG offers online sessions related to RoE throughout the year to supplement our offerings at the American Evaluation Association's Annual Meeting.

Next webinar: Coming in 2022
Please contact Rachael Kenney & Rebecca Teasdale if you are interested in presenting on RoE.

Past webinars:
November 4, 2021
Research on Evaluation Topical Interest Group Annual Meeting
Video presentation   Slide deck

Understanding and Addressing Potential Harm in Evaluation Practice
Video presentation   Slide deck   Breakout Room Questions
Webinar presenters:
Mariana Branco (World Bank Independent Evaluation Group [IEG])
Stephen Porter (World Bank Independent Evaluation Group [IEG])

January 28, 2021
The Faster Forward Fund (3F): Funding Opportunities for Those Committed to Accelerating the Theory & Practice of Evaluation
Video presentation   Slide deck
   Expression of Interest in becoming a 3F Reviewer
Webinar presenter:
Sarah Mason, PhD (Center for Evaluation Research at Ole Miss)

August 25, 2020
Inclusive Methods in the Evaluation of Outreach Education Programs: Reflective Journaling and Participant Observations
Video presentation   Slide deck

Webinar presente:
Sondra LoRe (National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research [NISER] Evaluation Manager at University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

January 22, 2020
International Collaboration for RoE: The ISEE Experience
Video presentation   Slide deck

Webinar presenters:
Amy Gullickson, PhD (Centre for Program Evaluation at University of Melbourne)
Leanne Kallemeyn, PhD (School of Education, Loyola University Chicago)

April 23, 2020
Getting RoE Published
Video presentation   Slide deck

Webinar presenter: 
J. Bradley Cousins, PhD (Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa)

We ask for your patience as we get our past webinars linked here.

RoE Working Groups minutes

The RoE TIG working group meets on a regular basis to discuss issues related to RoE. Please contact the TIG Leadership if you'd like to join the conversation. We provide the minutes of these meetings for all interested parties to remain involved in our discussions.

Next meeting: 

July 8, 2021
June 9, 2021
May 24, 2021
March 26, 2021
February 26, 2021
January 29, 2021
December 18, 2020

Earlier Meetings