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

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”.

Coryn et al. (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)

Research on Evaluation Peer Learning Circle

The RoE TIG held the first ever virtual RoE Peer Learning Circle on April 28, 2021. We will be discussing our steps forward at the next Working Group Meeting on May 24th at 3pm EDT.

Stay current

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

AEA '20 Recap + Invitation to Join the RoE Working Group

We have two working groups that meet regularly:

1) Getting Started with RoE - next meeting FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 @ 3.30PM EDT
     This group focuses on creating folks get started with RoE, starting with a webinar/workshop on the topic. (notes Aug. 5, 2021)

2) RoE Strategic Learning Agenda planning FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 @ 5.00PM EDT
     This goal of this group is to create an RoE strategic learning agenda. (notes Aug. 10, 2021)

If you're not a member of either working group and would like to be, 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: TBD
Please contact Kathleen Doll if you are interested in presenting on RoE.

Past webinars:
August 10, 2021
Planning an RoE Strategic Learning Agenda

August 5, 2021
RoE 101

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 presenter:
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 presenter:
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