The Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations (DUP) is a topical interest group of the American Evaluation Association that brings together evaluators from many interests to improve evaluation efforts related to persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. Our members define those populations as broadly as “marginalized populations” or “hard-to-reach populations“ and as specifically as:

  • Adjudicated youth
  • Children in foster care
  • Persons of different language or culture
  • Persons over the age of 65
  • Persons who are homeless
  • Persons who experienced trauma
  • Wounded warriors

Every year our conference program includes topics which build capacity among evaluators to give all participants a voice in the evaluation process.  We welcome anyone interested in promoting these efforts.

AEA 2019 Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations TIG Sessions

The DUP Tig sponsored the following sessions at Evaluation 2019!

Working Together for Change: Using Participatory Action Research (PAR) from Design to Dissemination in an Evaluation with Older Americans

Examining Cultural and Linguistic Competency of the New York State Partners in Policymaking

Universal Design for Evaluation: Inclusive Program Evaluation Practices

Coming from a positive place: reframing how we talk about and measure issues related to equity in education

Promoting Equity and Diversity in a Community Health Needs Assessment

An Ethical Data Collection Design for Anti-Human Trafficking Programs

Applying Indigenous Older Americans Needs and Perspectives to Evaluation – a Path to Improve Consultation, Methods and Practices

Understanding Cancer from an African Immigrant Perspective: A Participatory Approach

No one left behind: Conducting meaningful focus groups in safe and productive environments for hard-to-reach populations

Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Advancing Equity and Inclusion With Underrepresented Populations

The Next Phase for Social Inclusion Analysis

Paths to Health and Independent Living for Underrepresented Populations

Camp as Developmental Context for Specialized Youth Populations: Telling the Evaluation Stories of Three Camps

Responsive Evaluation to Broaden Participation in STEM


Evaluation for all: Findings and lessons in evaluating postsecondary STEM programs for students with disabilities

Evaluation of the Application and Communication for Transition Now (ACTNow) Tier 3 Tool for Improved Transition Outcomes for High School Students with Disabilities

Program Evaluation of Hands on Equine Assisted Ranch Therapy (H.E.A.R.T) Program

Program process factors' influence on impacts for farmers with disabilities – A qualitative evaluation approach

Using Ego Network Analysis as an Indicator of the Effectiveness of Postsecondary Education Programs

Project Leo: A management-oriented approach to evaluate a community’s effort to keep the ASD community safe

About Our Chairs

Dr. June Gothberg - Chair
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI USA

Linda Thurston - Co-Chair
Kansas State University

Caitlyn Bukaty, Program Chair 
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY USA 

Bo Klauth, Co-Program Chair
Western Michigan University
Kalamazz, MI  USA

Ryan Machtmes, Co-Program Chair
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  USA

Mary Ann Wojton, Webmaster
Epiphany Community Services
Swanton, OH  USA

Sarah Von Schrader
Employment and Disability Institute
Ithaca, NY USA
Sarah Von Schrader
Employment and Disability Institute
Ithaca, NY USA
Sarah Von Schrader
Employment and Disability Institute
Ithaca, NY USA