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 700 members.

Key areas of interest include:

  • Defining research on evaluation

  • Research on evaluation practice

  • Research on evaluation methodology

  • Research on evaluation theory

 Upcoming activities

Join us at the AEA Conference TIG Business Meeting in October/November in Cleveland, Ohio.

Contribute!  The TIG will host a week’s-worth of postings to the AEA 365 blog (http://aea365.org/blog/). Please submit your suggested contribution to our leadership team.

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., 2015). With the goal of providing greater clarity and specificity, RoE scholars have begun considering operational definitions of “research on evaluation”. Coryn et al., 2015, 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., 2015, p.3).

This definition was shared at the 2014 Research on Evaluation TIG business meeting and discussed vigorously. Additional definitions in circulation include:

“Systematic empirical inquiry resulting in original findings or in reexaminations of existing data about the practice, methods or profession of program evaluation. RoE inquiries address the inputs into evaluations, the contexts within which evaluations are conducted, the full range of methods and activities of evaluations, evaluation’s proximal or distal effects, or the professional issues that evaluators encounter” (Brandon, 2015 pp.3-4)