Environmental Scanning

Environmental Scanning New

The world in which associations operate is changing fast, and your organization’s leaders need to understand the external forces that could make or break its future success. Scanning the environment for strong, weak, and emerging drivers of change is critical to leading and managing your organization—or your corner of it. A collection of ASAE resources, powered by evidence-based research conducted by the ASAE Foundation, is designed to help you and your board envision and plan for the future while monitoring and acting in the present.

ASAE ForesightWorks

ASAE ForesightWorks is a deliberate, evidence-based research initiative and emerging line of products designed to be your partner in environmental scanning and planning for change. The program will provide you with a continual stream of intelligence about anticipated trends—including analyses of 41 key drivers of change in the first year—related tools to help you use the strategic intelligence in your work, and opportunities to engage.

The program’s mission is to empower you to create a culture of foresight in your association—not only by providing major trend analyses, but also by giving you and your volunteer leaders the tools and processes you need to practice scanning on your own.


Numerous resources will be released between August 2017 and winter 2018. Available now are the following:

  • A research brief, Why Associations Need Foresight, which introduces the program and suggests ways for association executives to think about and apply intelligence about drivers of change and conduct future-focused scanning on their own.
  • The first three action briefs describing drivers of change, their implications, and ideas for action steps. Briefs covering Aging World, Anticipatory Intelligence, and Virtualized Meetings are available now, free to ASAE members.
  • Drivers of Change, a research brief including summaries of all 41 drivers of change.

For more information contact:
ASAE Foundation Research
[email protected]