RT&D Leadership
 TIG Chair and Co-Chair
 Robin Wagner
 Joshua Schnell
 Program Co-Chairs
 Alexandra Stone
 Gavin Reddick
 Member at Large
 Didi Cross

 Alexis (Lex) Helsel
 TIG Leader Emeritus
 Gretchen Jordan
 Brian Zuckerman

 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 2022: (re)Shaping Evaluation Together
RTD call for presentations, posters and papers

Deadline: Friday April 22, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT 

During the 2021 TIG business meeting and after, TIG leaders, members and friends discussed important topics for RTD evaluators linked to the conference theme, which have been distilled into the following main themes for which we invite proposals: 

  1. Equity and Social Justice in RTD Evaluation. The TIG seeks proposals assessing the incorporation of equity and social justice themes in research evaluation, including assessment of efforts by research agencies to change their processes to promote the participation of under-represented groups and the incorporation of indigenous knowledge and approaches to science in research evaluation.
  2. Evaluating Research Funded by Philanthropy and Other Non-Traditional Organizations.  The TIG seeks proposals that consider differences in research portfolios and outcomes stemming from research funded by philanthropy, non-profits, and other non-traditional organizations.
  3. Data Science and Technology in Research Evaluation.  The TIG seeks proposals that focus on using “big data” techniques, including research funders’ administrative data, in RTD evaluation.

      To submit your proposal or to get more information about the overall conference theme and event details, go to the Conference website

      RT&D TIG Business Meeting
      Monday, October 26th @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

      Register in advance:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtfu-qrD4oE9BgPwRclOWduRF-PBA3GLI7

      We hope you can join us for our annual TIG business meeting to learn more about what we've been up to during the last year and to help us plan for the year ahead. Please be sure to register in advance for the meeting at the link above (registration is free and all are welcome to attend).

      RT&D TIG Sessions at Eval20

      Drivers & Barriers to the Use of Evaluation Results (Session 1379)
      Tuesday, October 27th @ 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM EST
      Session type: Panel
      For more information on this session, please visit the link below:
      Assessment of Societal Value: Biomedicine, Agriculture and Energy Research (Session 2890)
      Friday, October 30th @ 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM EST
      Session type: Multipaper
      For more information on this session, please visit the link below:

      RT&D TIG Webinar Series

      The RT&D TIG webinar series is still going strong! We have hosted 4 webinars to date and are working hard to schedule additional webinars throughout the rest of the year and into 2021. Additional information on future webinars will be forthcoming at our TIG business meeting and in future announcements. In the meantime, you can view the recordings of all previous webinars at the following link:

      Other TIG Resources

      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.