Research Alliance


The Association Laboratory’s Research Alliance was formed in 2019 to investigate the future of the association business model.

Research Alliance members are SAEs (Societies of Association Executives), which comprise the voice of association management professionals at the global, national, regional and state/provincial level.

Members of the Research Alliance participate in the production of various research activities—such as Association Laboratory’s Looking ForwardTM  a global environmental scan of the association strategy environment and, most recently, the COVID-19 Impact Study—by involving their association executive members and stakeholders in these critical industry studies.

In addition, the Research Alliance partners have curated their own content related to COVID-19, which can be found on Association Laboratory’s Learning Management System, CE21.

Current members of the Research Alliance include:

  • American Association of Medical Society Executives
  • Association Forum
  • AMC Institute
  • Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives
  • Global Association Hubs Partnership
  • India Association Congress
  • Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives
  • State Societies, including:
    • California SAE
    • Colorado SAE
    • Empire State SAE
    • Florida SAE
    • Georgia SAE
    • Indiana SAE
    • Iowa SAE
    • Mid-Atlantic SAE
    • New York SAE
    • Ohio SAE
    • Tennessee SAE
    • Virginia SAE
    • Wisconsin SAE

Association volunteer leaders or chief staff officers of a national, state or local society for association professionals, who are interested in participating in the Association Laboratory Research Alliance, should contact Nikki Haton Shanks, CAE at