PARN is the organisation for the professional body sector.

The Professional Associations Research Network (PARN) is a not-for-profit membership organisation for professional bodies, founded by Professor Andy Friedman in 1998.

Offering expertise, experience and perspective on key issues in the sector, PARN develops research, provide bespoke services, networking opportunities, events and training for the professional body sector. 

We aim to conduct research that determines and promotes best practice, equip professional bodies to deal with common challenges, raise the profile of issues related to the professional body sector, promote professional bodies’ contributions to society, and support professional bodies with bespoke consultancy in areas such as strategy, governance and CPD.

At PARN we specialise in the third sector and more specifically with professional bodies, but we also welcome service user charities.

We truly value our members input and feedback, that's why all our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have a steering group established from our membership network.

Benchmarking forms the core of PARN and our dedicated research team undertake independent projects as well as assisting our members in more specific topic areas through our Ask The Network Surveys.

PARN offers a range of services that support both new and developing professional bodies, as well as those that are well established but require external review for more specific matters .

What ever the need, PARN has the solution!

Get in touch today to find out how we can help your professional body. 

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