American Evaluation Association

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The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is a professional association for evaluators and those with a professional interest in the field of evaluation, including practitioners, faculty, students, funders, managers, and government decision-makers. As of 2014, AEA has approximately 7057 members from all 50 US states and over 60 other countries. [1]


The American Evaluation Association's mission is to:

  • Improve evaluation practices and methods
  • Increase evaluation use
  • Promote evaluation as a profession and
  • Support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action.[1]

Guiding Principles for Evaluators[edit]

AEA Publishes the AEA: Guiding Principles for Evaluators, which set expectations for evaluators in the areas of: (a) systematic inquiry, (b) competence, (c) integrity/honesty, (d) respect for people, and (e) responsibilities for general and public welfare.


AEA sponsors two journals. The American Journal of Evaluation is published quarterly through SAGE Publications and includes individually peer-reviewed articles on a range of topics in the field.[2] New Directions for Evaluation is a peer-reviewed thematic sourcebook published quarterly through Jossey-Bass/Wiley, with each issue focusing on a different topic or aspect of evaluation.

Topical Interest Groups[edit]

As of September 2014, AEA has 51 topically-focused subgroups.[3] Each subgroup develops a strand of content for the association's annual conference, and works to build a community of practice through various means.

  • Advocacy and Policy Change
  • Behavioral Health [formerly Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health]
  • Assessment in Higher Education
  • Business, Leadership, and Performance
  • Cluster, Multi-Site and Multi-Level Evaluation
  • Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation
  • College Access Programs
  • Community Psychology
  • Costs, Effectiveness, Benefits, and Economics
  • Crime and Justice
  • Data Visualization and Reporting
  • Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations
  • Disaster and Emergency Management Evaluation
  • Distance Education and Other Educational Technologies
  • Environmental Program Evaluation
  • Evaluating the Arts and Culture
  • Evaluation Managers and Supervisors
  • Evaluation Policy
  • Evaluation Use
  • Extension Education Evaluation
  • Feminist Issues in Evaluation
  • Government Evaluation
  • Graduate Student and New Evaluators
  • Health Evaluation
  • Human Services Evaluation
  • Independent Consulting
  • Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation
  • Integrating Technology into Evaluation
  • Internal Evaluation
  • International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues
  • Mixed Methods in Evaluation
  • Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation
  • Needs Assessment
  • Non-Profits and Foundations Evaluation
  • Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building
  • Prek-12 Educational Evaluation
  • Program Theory and Theory Driven Evaluation
  • Program Design
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods: Theory and Design
  • Research on Evaluation
  • Research, Technology, and Development Evaluation
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Social Work
  • Stem Evaluation
  • Systems in Evaluation
  • Teaching of Evaluation
  • Theories of Evaluation
  • Translational Research Evaluation
  • Youth Focus Evaluation


Merger of ERS and ENet[edit]

In 1986, the Evaluation Research Society and Evaluation Network merged to become the American Evaluation Association. [4]


  1. ^ a b AEA: About Us Archived 2009-05-07 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2009-05-08
  2. ^ SAGE: American Journal of Evaluation Retrieved 2009-05-01
  3. ^ AEA: About Us Archived 2009-05-07 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  4. ^ Evaluation Practice, 1986 (7), 107-110) Retrieved 2009-05-01

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