Government Eval TIG

Government Evaluation TIG
Welcome to the AEA Government Evaluation Topical Interest Group website.  

Hello Government TIG Members,

AEA is here! Don’t forget to join us for the Business Meeting on Monday, October 26th from 5:30 to 6:30PM (ET).

You can register here: Government Evaluation

Also please join us for our sessions next week as follows. 

Oct 28, 2020 (03:00 PM - 03:45 PM)

Roundtable: Shining light on models for evaluation technical assistance: Efforts to strengthen evaluation capacity Session Number: 1198

Oct 29, 2020 (01:00 PM - 01:45 PM)

MultiPaper: International and National Perspectives on Government Evaluation Session Number: 2898

Join us on October 26, 2020 (5:30-6:30 PM Eastern)  
Virtual Annual Business Meeting
Government Evaluation TIG

 The Virtual AEA Annual Conference is coming up fast!

Eval20: Reimagined


ACE Evaluation Network

Spring 2020 Call for Qualifications

The Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network invites experienced evaluators to join our community of diverse professionals whose mission is to both drive and support the practice of excellent, culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE).

Apply here: 



Call to Arms Webinar: A Critique of Capitalism, the Elite Class, and Corporate-run Governments for Program Evaluators

Right now, and in the very near future, program evaluators and evaluation researchers will be asked to explore many questions related to the current coronavirus pandemic. RFPs are already being prepared to study its effects on specific populations and issue areas. We will be responsible for setting the evaluation agenda for years to come. If we harness the full potential of our influence and power, we can help secure a fundamentally different society, one that is firmly rooted in social justice and celebrates the full scope of our humanity and the sacredness of this planet.

While COVID-19 exacerbates the cruelties of our economic and political systems on a global scale, it also creates an environment ripe to continuously critique capitalist values and frameworks in both the programs we aim to understand and our evaluation practice. We ask: How can we work toward the liberation of ourselves and others if we are capitalist evaluators (un)intentionally serving a profit-over-people agenda? What would it look like to investigate unregulated capitalism in your next evaluation or explore data metrics related to the impact of privatization on the people you serve?

More information:
This call to arms offers a praxis to discredit failed economic and political ideologies


Call for AEA Board Nominees and AEA Town Hall Meeting

The AEA Nominations and Election’s Working Group is currently seeking nominees for the Board positions of Member-at-Large and President-elect. Procedures for the nominations process are on the AEA webpage.

Prior service to AEA is a qualification for Board nominees, thus we seek your assistance in identifying AEA members who have been active and engaged contributors to your TIG.  Beyond the TIG, you may well know other AEA members who have been active in the association and who may be interested in serving on the Board. As you think of potential nominees, please contact them yourself to assess their interest in being nominated or send the names to Anne Vo and the Nominations & Elections Working Group will make the contact.

If you have been contemplating running for the Board, we strongly encourage you to nominate yourself. Most Board nominations are self-nominations.

Current and past board members have found being a Board member a highly rewarding professional experience.  As a former Board member commented:

"The most rewarding activity for me is meeting and working with highly dedicated and talented people/leaders who have a common goal of building the capacity of evaluators around the world to better society though meaningful and useful evaluation."

The deadline for all nominations is Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET


AEA Town Hall
AEA Leadership: Time for Nominations
Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:00 PM ET

In an effort to encourage broad engagement in AEA leadership, your AEA staff and current leadership team are holding a Town Hall. We will be spotlighting the Nominations process and have representation from the Nominations Working Group to support the conversation. We are excited to launch into our 2020 nominations and elections processes and invite anyone who is interested to join us! This is the space to learn and ask questions. No previous leadership experience in AEA is necessary. Register here.

Thank you for your consideration.
Anne Vo, Chair
On behalf of the 2020 Nominations & Elections Working Group

Watch Free Evaluation 2019 Presidential Sessions

AEA made several of the videos from Eval 2019 free to members:

Message from AEA: Now more than ever, it is important to share lessons and guidance with one another as we navigate the current times together.

We are offering AEA members free access to the Presidential Strand sessions and Plenary sessions from Evaluation 2019. Share the recordings with your teams, students, or colleagues while many of us adjust to our new working environment.

You can view all Presidential Strand sessions and Plenary presentations from Evaluation 2019 – focused on the role of evaluators in shaping the future of the evaluation profession.

Evaluation 2019 Presidential Strand Sessions | AEA

The 2019 Presidential Strand presentations will feature in-depth education sessions that focus on this year’s theme: Paths to the Future...


NEWS - last updated February, 2020

Session Proposals for Evaluation 2020 in Portland, OR are now open!
Submit your proposal here:

The deadline for session proposals is 11:59 PM ET March 18, 2020.

Evaluation 2020 will be held from October 26 - October 31. The theme for this year's conference is How Will You Shine Your Light? In your proposal, consider how your session will illuminate new perspectives, practices, and methodological approaches for attendees.


Extend your learning in benefit-cost analysis, regulatory impact analysis, and communicating research evidence at workshops scheduled with the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, 12th Annual Conference & Meeting March 18 in Washington, DC. Details here:

  • Deregulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis Organized By Jennifer Baxter, Industrial Economics with  Bethany Davis Knoll, New York University School of Law; Libby Ashley, U.S. Office of Management and Budget; Jerry Ellig, The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center; Amber Jessup, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis for Beginners Organized by Glenn Blomquist, University of Kentucky with  David Weimer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Introduction to Benefit-Cost Analysis for Regulatory Impact Analysis Organized by Charles Griffiths, U.S EPA, with  Chris Dockins, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Aliya Sassi, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Addressing Uncertainty and Non-Quantified Effects in Benefit-Cost Analysis Organized By Jennifer Baxter, Industrial Economics, with Victoria Greenfield, RAND Corporation; Aylin Sertkaya, Eastern Research Group; David Weimer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence and BCA Results to Policymakers Organized by Steve Lize, The Pew Charitable Trusts, with Gary VanLandingham, Florida State University, and John Kamensky, IBM Center for Business of Government
  • Valuing Changes in Health and Longevity Organized by Lisa Robinson, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health