What’s New contains recently or about to be published research.
How should associations enhance DEI within their governance structure May 2021
How do associations leverage interim CEOs
2021 Interim CEO Lessons and Observations from Fifteen Case Studies coming soon!
How can associations better prepare for disruptions
2021 ASAE ForesightWorks New Drivers of Change coming soon!
Active Research Initiatives
Active Research Initiatives reflect our ongoing research projects.
Holistic Volunteer Management Models 2021-2022
Holistic models can enable associations to strategically design, implement, and operate effective volunteer management practices. Building on previous volunteerism research, this research aims to provide models, strategies, and actions to effectively manage volunteers and to identify barriers that prevent effective volunteer management.
Associations as Innovation Catalysts 2021
Associations as Innovation Catalysts investigates the roles, culture and capabilities that associations use to foster and sustain external-industry focused innovation. Building on previous innovation research, This research examines how associations play an important role in fostering and sustaining innovation in an association’s industry.
DEI Organization Assessment Tool 2021-2022
This study will investigate a new DEI Assessment Tool for association leaders to utilize for analyzing and advancing their organizations efforts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. It builds on learnings from the previous Association Inclusion Index (2017, 2013). The tool shall deliver insight, recommendations and resources for associations to move towards a desired DEI environment.
Comprehensive Research Catalogue Updated August 2021
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Advancing Business-Venture Innovation2021
A Readiness Tool for Health Associations. 8 key factors critical for business-venture success
Mutually Beneficial Volunteerism2017
Opportunities for Enhancing Association Volunteer Management Systems
Measuring Performance: Purpose, Process, and Practice 2017
Three components of an association performance measurement system contributing to success
Pathways to CEO Success – Research Brief2019
How experience, learning and networks shape association CEO careers
ASAE ForesightWorks – Drivers of Change Summaries and Forecasts 2020
Use ForesightWorks to help engage your board in discussions of changes facing the association industry
ASAE ForesightWorks – Action Briefs2017
Access this set of three Action Briefs – Aging World, Anticipatory Intelligence, Virtualized Meetings.
Impact Every Day – The Vital Role of Associations Compendium 2020
Use this compendium of case studies for models for association impact.
Tools and Resources
= Free Resource for ASAE Members
Access several benchmarking reports for strategic and tactical decision making.
Apply assessment tools for organizational readiness.
Association Inclusion Index 2017
Association Global Maturity Assessment 2017
Technology Readiness Assessment2017
ASAE’s online interactive benchmarking and assessment platform
ASAE Research Foundation Books
Professional Practices in Association Management: The Essential Resource for Effective Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations, 4th edition (2021)
- Professional Practices in Association Management
- The Informed Association: A Practical Guide to Using Research for Results (2013)
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