Major Research Initiatives
Benchmarking research allows association executives to compare their performance against other organizations and identify where they’re doing well, where they need to improve, and what areas warrant closer examination. The ASAE Foundation conducts surveys on operating ratios, investments and reserves, compensation and benefits, and policies and procedures in functional areas of association management to provide leaders with the data to inform decisions and drive their organizations forward. Read More
Leaders need to constantly look to the future. To that end, the ASAE Foundation Environmental Scanning Research Program is developing a continuous environmental scanning program with a framework that analyzes developing trends likely to affect the association field. Learning experiences, tools, and other resources will be designed to help associations use research to create a culture of foresight in their organizations. Read More
The Informed Association
The Informed Association is a step-by-step guide to help association leaders understand the role of data in decision-making. The book covers how data can be used strategically in association management, how to discern good data, how to conduct research and use results effectively, and how to ensure research integrity. Read More
The Decision Series
What drives engagement with associations? The Decision series addresses questions that are fundamental to understanding the value associations provide and their sustainability. The research identifies the key motivators that drive members to join, volunteer, participate in association-based learning, and donate to associations.