Evaluation Roadmap: Request for Comment
Deadline: Friday, May 21, 2010
Seeking your input.
AEA Colleagues,

The AEA Board of Directors and the Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) invite AEA members to comment on An Evaluation Roadmap for a More Effective Government.


On February 2, 2009, Debra Rog, 2009 AEA President, William Trochim, 2008 AEA President; and Leslie Cooksy, 2010 AEA President sent the Evaluation Roadmap to Peter Orszag, President Obama's newly appointed Director of the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Roadmap proposed a major initiative to improve oversight and accountability of Federal programs by systematically embracing program evaluation as an essential function of government.


The document was prepared at a critical time. The EPTF had been developing the Roadmap when OMB staff asked for just such advice. The EPTF rapidly finished it and delivered it as OMB officials were formulating key features of the incoming administration's management agenda. Since then, the Roadmap has been circulated widely in government and professional evaluation circles, where it has been well received.


The door of opportunity for giving advice was literally only several days long-typical in the world of policy making. As a result, the EPTF did not have the opportunity to seek input from AEA members. The Board and the EPTF wish to do so now that we have time to improve it.


We are interested in framing the Roadmap as a foundational document of the AEA to guide evaluation policy development work well into the future. At the request of the Board, the EPTF has revised the version that was sent to OMB by eliminating references to the Obama and Bush Administrations in order to make it clearly nonpartisan. We have also refined the writing style with the help of a professional editor. Based on your input, the EPTF will make additional appropriate changes to the Roadmap and send it to the Board for its consideration and, ultimately, approval.


The EPTF will consider but may not be able to incorporate all the comments that AEA members offer. Some comments may be useful for other evaluation policy documents to be issued in the future and we are anxious to receive your input.


Please sign in to the AEA website, review the Roadmap available there, and provide your feedback on or before Friday, May 21, using the link below.


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Thank you for helping us to refine and improve this important document.


Sincerely yours,




Patrick G. Grasso

Chair, AEA Evaluation Policy Task Force

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