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 including three yearly studies: Looking ForwardTM  (Impact), Looking ForwardTM (Solutions), and Looking ForwardTM  (DEI) by involving their association executive members and stakeholders in these critical industry studies. The alliance also helped produce the COVID-19 Impact Study in 2020. The Research Alliance’s participation expands access to high-quality data-driven association education and improves the diversity of responses.

Current members of the Research Alliance include:

  • American Association of Medical Society Executives
  • Association Forum
  • AMC Institute
  • Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives
  • India Association Congress
  • Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • State Societies, including:
    • Arkansas SAE
    • Associations North
    • California SAE
    • Empire State SAE
    • Florida SAE
    • Georgia SAE
    • Indiana SAE
    • Iowa SAE
    • Michigan SAE
    • Mid-Atlantic SAE
    • Ohio SAE
    • Tennessee SAE
    • Virginia SAE
    • Washington SAE
    • Wisconsin SAE

For a quick introduction to the Research Alliance, watch to this 10-minute video. 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