The IMPACT OF ASSOCIATIONS ON SOCIETY
To document the work of associations throughout the last century—and in the spirit of looking back to look ahead—the ASAE Research Foundation Centennial Research Initiative explores association impact in three areas: education, the economy and workforce development, and protection and safety. The research illustrates how associations engaged with a broad range of external partners—including policymakers, academia, and the business and nonprofit communities—to pursue their work.
In 2018, the ASAE Research Foundation selected Westat, Inc., and McKinley Advisors as partners in this broad-ranging effort. Researchers created a mixed-methods approach to identify:
the role of associations in improving the lives of individuals
associations’ impact on the U.S. workforce and economy, education, and protection
how associations contributed to bringing about positive changes in society over the last century
opportunities for associations to anticipate and prepare for members’ needs in the future.
This project’s objectives are aligned with the four pillars of ASAE’s Power of A advocacy campaign. Research findings will be released throughout 2020 in articles, education sessions, video, and a complete report.