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- What is a Topical Interest Group?
TIGs are subgroups of the association comprised of members with common interests. TIGs may be formed around methodologies such as Needs Assessment, around work contexts such as Government Evaluation, around salient concerns such as Feminist Issues, or around professional status such as Independent Consultants.
- How many TIGs does AEA have?
AEA has over fifty Topical Interest Groups that span the breadth and depth of the field. A full list of the TIGs, and the current TIG leaders, may be found online at http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=11
- Which TIGs are the largest/smallest?
Currently the largest TIG is Non-Profits and Foundations with Independent Consulting close behind. The smallest is also one of our newest, Translational Research Evaluation..
- How may I find out about a particular TIG?
To find out about a TIG, browse its website for those that have websites or contact the TIG leaders directly. The list of TIGs and TIG leaders includes the relevant links and contact information.
- What should I expect if I join a TIG?
Some TIGs are very active, with vibrant online discussion lists, resource websites, and special networking events. Others ramp up more around the conference each year. Communication with TIG members is almost exclusively electronic. Keep an eye on your email for TIG notices about ways to get involved, useful resources, and upcoming conference plans.
- What are my obligations if I join a TIG?
You have no specific obligations as part of TIG membership. You may be invited to join in a discussion list or book group, to suggest a resource or share expertise, or to serve as a reviewer. You may participate as much or as little as you like.
- To how many TIGs may I belong?
You may belong to up to five TIGs as part of your AEA membership. There is no cost to you to join a TIG.
- How do I join a TIG or change my TIG selections?
You may join a TIG by logging in to your AEA member profile. Next, under 'Members Only' click 'Update TIG Selections' to join the TIG of your preference.