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 RT&D Leadership
 TIG Co-Chairs
 Brian Zuckerman
 Robin Wagner
 Program Co-Chairs
 Kathryn Graham
 Juan Rogers
 Communication Team
 Danielle Daee
 Sarah Naylor
 TIG Leader Emeritus
  Gretchen Jordan

 full bios for TIG leaders

Research, Technology and Development Topical Interest Group

The Research, Technology and Development (RTD) Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) within the American Evaluation Association has as its mission to advance the field of performance measurement and in-depth assessment of programs, particularly publicly funded RTD programs. 

We provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, good practice, and emerging tools by:

  • organizing the RTD portion of the AEA conference each year

  • collecting and disseminating information related to good practice, as well as events of interest, and gray literature


AEA Evaluation 2015, November 9 - 15th, Chicago, IL
This year’s conference theme (Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World) responds to the International Year of Evaluation in 2015. Submissions are being accepted through March 16, 2015.  Although all topics will be considered, the RT&D TIG particularly welcomes proposals in a variety of formats that address these international themes:

1.  International practices in R&D evaluation
The TIG solicits papers and panels that consider current best practice and changes over time in the evaluation efforts of R&D funders around the world. 

2.  Large facilities
What are best practices for evaluating the use and scientific benefits of large facilities? Comparative studies that seek to develop and implement frameworks for evaluation are particularly welcome. 

3.  Research globally, evaluate locally?!?
As funding and science becomes increasingly global, attempting to attribute results to multiple funding streams will become more difficult. Can tools be built to capture attribution and contribution analysis in a globally collaborative world? 

RTD Topical Interest Group (TIG) Paper, October 2014
Evaluating Outcomes of Publicly Funded Research, Technology and Development Programs: Recommendations for Improving Current Practice (FINAL)

Generic Logic Models, presented by Gretchen Jordan, AEA365 2015


Senior Health Research Evaluator
, Alberta Innovates

How to Get Involved

Join the RTD TIG - All AEA members can join the RTD TIG as one of the five TIGs available to them (and non-AEA members can join AEA for just $80 a year).

Contribute to the e-Resources - You may upload documents to the RTD TIG e-library, or request the webmaster upload documents by using the "Contact Us" button below. 

Visit with members of the RTD TIG during the annual meeting by attending conference sessions and TIG social events.