TIG Resources

In light of the evolving understanding that we have of research on evaluation, the RoE TIG offers a few examples of published Research on Evaluation studies to clarify what we view as RoE*:

  • Cousins, J. B. & Chouinard, J. A. (2012). Participatory Evaluation Up Close: An Integration of Research-Based Knowledge. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

  • Dewey, J. D., Montrosse, B. E., Schröter, D. C., Sullins, C. D., & Mattox, J. R. (2008). Evaluator Competencies What's Taught Versus What's Sought. American Journal of Evaluation, 29(3), 268-287.

  • Szanyi, M., Azzam, T., & Galen, M. (2012). Research on evaluation: A needs assessment. The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 27(1), 39.

*This list is not meant to be comprehensive.

For more information and current examples of Research on Evaluation, we recommend exploring the following resources: 

RoE 101 Zotero Library

As a follow-up from the webinar "Getting Started with Research on Evaluation" led by Dr. Dana Wanzer in April , we have compiled all citations that came up during the session and are sharing for anyone who wants to dive into all essential RoE reading which can be viewed here: https://www.zotero.org/groups/4698645/intro_to_research_on_evaluation/library. Note that the Zotero library only provides links to resources and not the PDFs of resources themselves because that would infringe on copyright. However, Google Scholar, university libraries, and other resources can help you find the PDFs of articles if a general internet search does not bring them up.

Past Webinars

RoE Annual Business Meeting October 17, 2023: "Defining Research on Evaluation: Evolving understandings of what RoE is (and isn’t)"

Annual Business Meeting Slides

Dana Wanzer April 15, 2022: "Getting Started with Research on Evaluation" 

Practitioners and evaluation students alike are often interested in or encouraged to conduct research on evaluation but few resources exist on how to get started. This webinar describes what research on evaluation is, discusses a popular framework for research on evaluation, and provides a few tips for getting started with your own research on evaluation studies. 

Due to a technical glitch, only the audio recording is available, along with the slides and a handout.

Slides and Handout are available here

Sondra LoRe August 25, 2020: "Inclusive Methods in the Evaluation of Outreach Education Programs: Reflective Journaling and Participant Observations "

Programs with an education outreach component can become so focused on what is being “done” or “improved” in the lives of those intended to be served by the program, that they may forget to examine the value of the program formatively for all stakeholders. Pre and post-assessments give us some insights into programs but paint an incomplete portrait of the program implementation. Those on the front line, working directly with the population being served, can offer a wealth of insights. This webinar discusses inclusive practices that can be employed by the use of reflective journaling by program implementors in the field. This insight, layered with participant observations, and some traditional measurements, provides a real-time, holistic, and inclusive picture of the program and stakeholders. Journaling, discussion, and observation frameworks are included in this webinar.

Slides are available here

Amy Gullickson and Leanne Kallemeyn June 22, 2020: "International Collaboration for RoE: The ISEE experience"

It's no secret that collaborative research can be challenging. Project management, effectively using collaborative tools/platforms, and partnering with people who may have a different work-style are some of the challenges you might experience. Plus, throw in different time zones and things get more exciting! However, successful collaborations among academics and professionals are essential in progressing evaluation theory, praxis, and practice. In this session, we’ll discuss how international collaborative research on evaluation education is being imagined and done in the International Society for Evaluation Education (ISEE). We’ll present high level findings from a review of current literature on research collaboration, share our public agreements, norms, and processes, as well as discuss how we’ve used the literature and documents to create the CASE collaborative research group. After this webinar, you should be better equipped to start a collaborative RoE project yourself!

Slides are available here

J. Bradley Cousins April 23, 2020: "Getting RoE Published"

This webinar provided tips on disseminating research on evaluation (RoE) studies and publishing a variety of journal article formats in peer-reviewed publications, books, and more. 

J. Bradley Cousins is Professor of Program Evaluation and Organizational Studies at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. His main academic interests are in program evaluation including participatory and collaborative approaches, utilization issues and evaluation capacity building. He has published numerous articles, international handbook chapters, and books on evaluation related topics. Among his many accomplishments, he was the 2008 recipient of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award 2008 for contributions to evaluation theory and the 2018 AEA Research on Evaluation Award. Additionally, he served as the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation from 2002 to 2010.

Slides are available here