Current Projects

Leading in Sector Research


Each year, we run a few large projects based on feedback from our members and our Steering Group. We are currently running our research project for 2018. 

Read more below about what we're up to and how you can get involved.






Research 2018

Promoting Professionalism

PARN‘s next major research project aims to address the many challenges the professions are currently facing, including the rise of populism denigrating experience and evidence-based decision making. We want to define what professionalism means, how it must be supported, and what the public benefit derived from it entails.

The assault on the sector is wide reaching and a connected approach from  professional bodies is needed. We're currently looking for input and support from our members. Contact [email protected] for more information. 

Read our initial proposal here


Research 2017

Member Engagement

Member engagement is widely understood to be a critical element of any professional body’s outward facing activities, particularly in the context of greater membership scrutiny of service offerings. Not only does member engagement promise increased retention of the existing membership, its exponents claim that it offers more selling opportunities, increased event attendance, and adds to the credibility of the organisation. It can also encourage recruitment if engagement is achieved with students and professionals who are not currently members of the professional association.

The aim of this research is to obtain a deeper understanding of what member engagement really means in a professional body context

The project concludes with our conference this June. 


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Current Research and Upcoming Projects

PARN is now planning future research based on feedback from our members and the PARN Steering Group. If you'd like to be involved in shaping future projects and are interested in providing financial support please register for our Consortium Meeting by emailing our research team or calling them on 0117 928 1998.