The ASAE Research Foundation identifies critical trends and evidence-based effective practices in association leadership and management by funding and conducting research that no one organization can undertake on its own.

Featured Research

ASAE ForesightWorks

Leaders need research-based intelligence to prepare their organizations for the future. The ASAE Research Foundation is meeting that need with ASAE ForesightWorks. More than a trends program, ASAE ForesightWorks provides insight from ongoing, systematic environmental scanning to ensure the association community is prepared for what’s coming next. Read more

Centennial Research Initiative

Associations have played a significant role in advancements in society over the last century. To understand the impact of associations, the ASAE Research Foundation engaged Westat, Inc., and McKinley Advisors to launch the Centennial Research Initiative. This research, which coincides with ASAE’s 100th anniversary in 2020, tells the story of associations’ role in society, examines their role in the future, and illustrates the breadth of their impact to both the association community and the public. Read more 


Research by Topic

  My job is to make the board the best it can be. ASAE Research Foundation’s research provides quantitative      proof of strategies that work. —Hannes Combest, CAE National Auctioneers  Association

Scholarly Research Grants Program

The ASAE Research Foundation is committed to forging partnerships that add to the body of knowledge in association management and nonprofit leadership. The Scholarly Research Grants Program facilitates research projects in the academic community and beyond. Each grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to support research proposals that show the greatest potential to have a significant impact on the field and to create innovative approaches with practical applications for association leaders.

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.