ASAE Foundation Research advances knowledge in non-profit management by providing resources that help leaders focus on critical factors to enhance their organizations. We implement and facilitate the application of research findings by executives and boards through rigorously designed secondary, qualitative and quantitative methods. The Foundation collaborates with association professionals, scholars and leading universities to produce high-quality research that elevates the profession of association management and has practical implications for associations
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- Request For Proposal: Practice-to-Profession
- Innovation Grants Program
- Collaboration with Institute for Nonprofits
- Knowledge Center
By: John Barnes and Jenny Nelson
As professional and social networks evolve relative to technological and communication advances, associations are adapting and experimenting with membership options as they seek new and effective ways to engage members. This report summarizes the themes of four ASAE Foundation grant-funded research reports and the ASAE Foundation Future of Membership Research retreat, examines the leading concerns and trends affecting association membership, and highlights actions taken by associations to meet these challenges and prepare for the future.
Sponsored by The ASAE Foundation and MCI Group
Associations are facing an increasingly global operating environment, and this study aims to set the groundwork for better understanding the various operational strategies and goals that are being employed to meet these challenges. Whether you are struggling to respond to the needs of a growing international customer base or you have a structured and aggressive global strategy, you'll gain valuable insight from the strategies of internationally growing organizations identified here. This report is the first phase of a multi-year initiative, the Association Global Management Series, designed to help associations take advantage of the enormous business opportunities that exist in emerging markets across the globe.
By: Monica Dignam, Rohit Verma, PhD, & Spring Han, PhD
This multi-year research project sponsored by the ASAE Foundation and conducted by the Center for Hospitality Research was undertaken to assess the various trends affecting association-based tradeshows. By employing a multiple stakeholder lens — attendees and exhibitors — the findings will help meeting planners, attendees, exhibitors, buyers, sellers, and destination executives identify best practices, tradeoffs, constraints, and relative preferences of the two groups.
By: Beth Gazley, PhD & Ashley Bowers
Nonprofit CEOs and executive directors from 1,585 member-serving organizations were surveyed about their organizational environment, board structure, board selection procedures and challenges, governance models they employ, board development and self-assessment, and a host of other questions related to the governance practices of their organization. The results will help you understand patterns of related behavior within organizations that support high board performance and that are intentional and not dependent on industry sector or capacity.
By: Sarah Slater, MS & Sharon Moss, PhD, CRA, CAE
The Informed Association: A Practical Guide to Using Research for Results will help you understand the importance of data-based decision making and the limitations of the data; making it more important than ever to know what the right questions are to ask and how to gather data in a way that will be meaningful and useful. Gaining knowledge through research will let you prioritize investments and resources for success in a competitive environment.
By Monica Dignam and Rosemary Tenuta
A well-functioning board is a strategic resource for any organization's mission and performance. ASAE joined with BoardSource to offer a board self-assessment designed for membership organizations. We then conducted a study to aggregate our findings from the responses of over 1,367 individuals serving 75 membership organizations that met the study criteria. The report is a compilation of results to help understand the role the board plays and what factors make them successful.
By Mary Tschirhart, Ph.D., Chongmyoung Lee, and Gary Travinin
This study, based on surveys of both association leaders and credentialing program managers, explores the various ways in which associations can benefit from administering a credentialing program for their industry or profession. Certifications and accreditations serve as an important source of non-dues revenue for many associations, and this study finds that there are several other benefits as well. Find out the qualities of credentialing programs that bring the greatest value to the associations that administer them, and walk away with some practical tips for your association's own program.
Request for Proposal: Practice-to-Profession: Exploration of Current Status, Perceptions, and Future Pathways
The Foundation requests proposals to conduct a three-phase qualitative study that will lead to a better understanding of the process and outcomes of professionalization. A single award will be made to a qualified investigator (or team) who presents a broad and diverse perspective on the issue of professionalization. The grantee will be responsible for designing and completing all three phases of work: literature review, case studies, and professionalization framework. Submission deadline: October 31st.
Do you dream of being more innovative in your association? Wish you could observe others who are working in new ways? Know what you want to do, but don't have the seed money to get it started? ASAE Foundation may be able to help you. Each year, the ASAE Foundation awards grants to individuals and organizations who wish to learn more about innovation or explore the implementation of an innovative product, service, or process.
Applications are now open. Visit the IGP page to view FAQs, application criteria and tips, and information about past recipients.
The ASAE Foundation has entered into a partnership with NC State University with the goal of taking a scholarly approach to advancing knowledge in association management. The NC State Institute for Nonprofits makes ASAE Foundation research datasets available to qualified scholars to use in primary and secondary research. These databases have been available since 2008 and an average of 50 scholars accesses the data each year.
Each year, NC State compiles a bibliography of the scholarly research published on the topic of associations and members-serving organizations. The most recent bibliography can be downloaded here.
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