RT&D Leadership
 TIG Chair and Co-Chair
 Robin Wagner
 Josh Schnell
 Program Co-Chairs
 Didi Cross
 Gavin Reddick
 Member at Large
 Paula Fearon

 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


The RTD TIG membership held its 2023 business meeting earlier last week, with a recap of TIG activities from this year, including Eval 2023 in Indianapolis, and re-electing the current officers for 2023/2024. Thanks to all Eval 2023 presenters and participants and to our proposal reviewers for making Eval 2023 another great conference. Congratulations to our 2023/2024 officers:

  • TIG Co-Chairs: Robin Wagner and Josh Schnell
  • TIG Program Co-chairs: Didi Cross and Gavin Reddick
  • TIG Leadership Member-at-Large representative: Paula Fearon


Communications Liaison Needed

We are looking for a volunteer to serve as our Communications Liaison, which includes preparing and distributing newsletters to the community via the AEA team as well as maintaining the RTD TIG pages on AEA Connect (here). Please contact Josh Schnell or Robin Wagner if you are interested in contributing to the RTD TIG community in this role (or any other for that matter).


Program Input Sought

As we are committed to providing the RTD TIG community with engaging and educational programming, we are seeking your input via a very short survey here. Please fill this out right away to have your input included in our planning for the year.


Eval2024 Planning Starts Now

With Eval2023 behind us, we turn to planning for Eval2024 (Oct 21-26, 2024) in Portland, Oregon. The RTD TIG wants to re-establish a half-day pre-conference to allow more time to learn from one another. If you are based in the Portland area and/or are interested in serving as a TIG ambassador, or more generally in helping to program this pre-conference, please let the TIG leaders know. Watch this space for more information as the program develops.


RTD TIG Webinar Continues

To expand our engagement beyond the annual conference, the TIG hosts webinars on relevant RTD topics and posts them on a Youtube channel here. Our next session will be on November 13th, 12pm US Eastern. Josh Schnell will host a discussion of recent developments, such as new conceptual models (e.g. convergence research) and evaluation of ARPA funding models. Another goal of this session is to hear from RTD TIG community members about issues/topics they are interested in that can be incorporated into a) the 2024 annual meeting call for proposals, b) the program of the proposed 2024 pre-conference meeting, and c) the monthly webinar series.



Meeting ID: 997 3628 0248
Password: 339771
Find your local number: https://rtiorg.zoom.us/u/aJmfYHu9R

RT&D TIG Webinar Series

The RT&D TIG webinar series continues! We have hosted 8 webinars to date and are working hard to schedule additional webinars throughout the rest of the year and into 2024. 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 to become part of this engaged community of practice).

Serve as our Communications Chair - We are looking for someone to help to engage our members via sporadic emails and by maintaining our website. 

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.