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” 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.

RoE TIG Leadership Elections

Our current leadership team has reached the end of their three-year term, and it is time for new leaders to continue the momentum for the next three years. Every member of the leadership team has found the opportunity to be tremendously rewarding and they are eager to pass the baton to a new leadership.

Thus, we are soliciting self-nominations for all three positions below. Please note that all roles can be filled by a single person or two people serving as "co-chairs" for the position. You may also run for multiple leadership roles, but you can only serve in one leadership roles at a time. 

1. TIG Chair

Responsible for the general administration of the TIG and acts as liaison between the TIG and AEA. The Chair collaborates with the other TIG Leadership Team members to develop an agenda for the Annual Business Meeting that is held during the AEA Conference. In addition, they preside at all TIG meetings, including internal TIG Leadership calls and the Annual Business Meeting. Additionally, the Chair attends the quarterly TIG calls and the TIG leader breakfast during the AEA conference.

2. TIG Program Chair

Responsible for coordinating the peer review process, including confirming volunteer reviewers, managing proposal submissions and reviews, and developing an initial conference program for review by AEA Conference Organizers. Additionally, the Program Chair attends annual AEA Business Meeting, internal TIG Leadership Team meetings, the quarterly TIG calls, the TIG leader breakfast during the AEA conference.


3. Website Coordinator

Responsible for updating the website with upcoming events/meeting dates as well as posting recordings/notes from TIG hosted events/meetings. Additionally, the Website Coordinator attends the quarterly TIG calls and the TIG leader breakfast during the AEA conference.

If you have an interest in being considered for one or more of these roles please submit your self-nomination by Friday, November 19: https://forms.gle/BHoywiRu4Re8KFMo6

Stay current

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


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

Elections for leadership positions with the TIG are coming! More information on these important roles at the forefront the evaluation field are available here

If you have an interest in being considered for one or more of these crucial roles please submit your self-nomination here by Friday, November 19: https://forms.gle/BHoywiRu4Re8KFMo6

Once all nominations have been received, we will open voting in early December and announce the new leadership team mid-December.

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 Kathleen Doll.

Working Groups 
We have two active working working groups currently addressing the primary issues the TIG identified in 2020 as priorities. The first is working to develop a strategic learning agenda for research on evaluation. The second is working to develop "RoE 101" for those who are interested in the area, but are unsure where and how to get started.

If you're interested in joining either working group, please contact Dana Wanzer

Share your RoE work!

We are working to build our library of Research on Evaluation studies and publications. Please email our website coordinator, Gregory Greenman II, if you'd like to have your RoE work indexed with us!

RoE Past Webinars

The RoE TIG offers online sessions related to RoE. 

Next webinar: Coming in 2022
Please contact Kathleen Doll 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 Manger 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