RT&D Leadership
 TIG Chair and Co-Chair
 Robin Wagner
 Josh Schnell
 Program Co-Chairs
 Brian Zuckerman
 Betsy Hsu
 Communication Team
 Danielle Daee
 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



Meeting and registration information is now available for Evaluation 2017.  The annual Conference will be held from Wednesday, November 8th through Saturday, November 11th, 2017 in Washington, D.C.. Professional development workshops will precede and follow.   

This year’s conference theme, , “From Learning to Action,” explores how the community can learn from evaluation to create better practices and outcomes.  The primary topics include learning how to enhance evaluation practice, learning what works and why, learning from others, and learning about evaluation users and uses.  Although all topics will be considered, the RT&D TIG welcomes proposals that address these critical issues: (1) Building evaluation capacity, (2) Using research evaluation for evidence-based decision-making, and (3) Emerging strategies, techniques, and disciplines. 

Please download and share the call for proposals!


To see presentations from Evaluation 2016, please visit our public TIG Library.

Blog for TIG Week!
Are you looking for a way to contribute to the evaluation community?  The Research, Technology & Development TIG is sponsoring a TIG Week May 14th.  During this week, the AEA 365 Blog will feature contributions from our TIG members and contributors about Research, Technology & Development evaluation-relevant themes.  Non-AEA members and non-RTD TIG members are also welcome and encouraged to contribute.  Contribution guidelines can be found here.  If you would like to peruse AEA365 Blog content, this is a good place to start.

If you are interested in contributing, please send a brief email to Josh Schnell describing your blog concept by February 28th.  TIG leadership will choose the six best concepts for development and final drafts will be due April 7th.


RTD Topical Interest Group (TIG) Paper, February 2015
Evaluating Outcomes of Publicly Funded Research, Technology and Development Programs: Recommendations for Improving Current Practice (FINAL)

White paper SUMMARY slides

Generic Logic Models, collection over time

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.