The ASAE Research Foundation invests in programs and individuals, supporting ASAE in developing the leadership capacities that successful professionals and organizations need—now and for generations to come.

Leadership Highlights

Environmental Scanning Research Program

The ASAE Research Foundation’s new environmental scanning program is designed to empower association leaders. The program will provide continuous and accessible information about trends, creating an ever-growing and regularly updated collection of resources for association professionals.

Diversity Executive Leadership Program

The Diversity Executive Leadership Program helps professionals from underrepresented segments of the association community advance into the ranks of leadership. DELP is funded in part through a long-standing relationship with the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Leadership by Topic

 The research that the ASAE Research Foundation has produced allows me to support strategic initiatives. Often board members more easily embrace new ideas when you share data that supports the concept. —Sue Pine, CAE, Association Headquarters, Inc.

Tools and Resources


AssociaMetrics is an access point for collection and dissemination of a range of valuable industry benchmarking information. It enables users to get benchmarking data for specific segments of the association industry, supporting better comparisons for decision-making.

Identifying Good Research

Data-driven decisions are key to effective strategic direction, but decisions are only as good as the research that grounds them. It is important to ensure that you’re using reliable research that meets your needs and addresses the questions you need to understand. Key points from The Informed Association: A Practical Guide to Using Research for Results provide guidance for understanding what makes good research and how to know it when you see it.

Pathways to CEO Excellence

ASAE Research Foundation finds two popular paths to becoming an association CEO, each of which offers opportunities for obtaining the necessary knowledge and experience for executive success.