The American Evaluation Association is a professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of evaluation as a profession. We prioritize the advancement of evaluation best practices in multiple types of evaluation, including program evaluation, personnel evaluation, evaluation in education, evaluation in government, independent consulting, and more. AEA has approximately 6,000 members representing all 50 states in the United States as well as more than 80 foreign countries.
Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.
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AEA members are professional evaluators from multiple disciplines and backgrounds. When you are a member of the AEA community, you can expect to meet:
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AEA is excited to celebrate our 35th year as an association in 2021! Since our inception in 1986, we have strived to advance evaluation as a profession and provide a space for community amongst a diverse group of evaluators.
We want you to join in the celebration! We have put together a set of 35th Anniversary graphics that you can proudly share to recognize the growth of the AEA community. These graphics include:
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We look forward to seeing you celebrate our anniversary.
The American Evaluation Association seeks to act in ways that embody our mission, vision, and values in pursuit of our defined policies and goals.
MISSION: 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.
VISION: The American Evaluation Association’s vision is to foster an inclusive, diverse, and international community of practice positioned as a respected source of information for and about the field of evaluation.
VALUES: The American Evaluation Association values excellence in evaluation practice, utilization of evaluation findings, and inclusion and diversity in the evaluation community.
Each year, AEA is proud to support members and the greater community of evaluators through education and collaboration. With an eye on the future, our leadership, volunteers, and staff work to identify programs and resources that will advance the field of evaluation.