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



Please download and share the call for proposals! 

Meeting and registration information is now available for Evaluation 2018.  The annual Conference will be held from Wednesday, October 30th through Saturday, November 3rd, 2017 in Cleveland, OH. Professional development workshops will precede and follow.   

This year’s conference theme, "Speaking Truth to Power" considers the role and responsibilities evaluators have, as well as the nature of evaluation’s influence, differing perceptions of the role of evidence, and various mechanisms by which evaluation results are presented and disseminated. Although all topics will be considered, the RT&D TIG welcomes proposals that address these critical issues: (1) Speaking Truth to Co-workers: The Role of Internal Evaluation Capacity. (2) Negotiating Questions of Evidence and Truth: Evaluation in Contested RTD Spaces. (3) Tapping New Sources of Evidence: Making More Efficient and Sophisticated Use of Administrative Data.

Please download and share the call for proposals!


To see presentations from Evaluation 2016, please visit our public TIG Library, Evaluation 2017 presentations coming soon.

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.