Professional Body Benchmarking Survey

Our Major Triennial Project

The Professional Body Benchmarking Survey (PBBS) 

Find out more about our major triennial project

We're preparing to launch our 2018 edition of the PBBS!

Since 2003, we've been conducting Professional Body Benchmarking Surveys (PBBS) every 3 years that focus on 3 key areas:

  • Internal Operations and Governance
  • Member Value and Member Relations
  • Professional Standards, Education & CPD


Read our Reports

CPD, Education and Professional Standards

Our third and final report examines the state of CPD and professional standards in the professional body sector. It uses data collected in our 2015 benchmarking survey to examine CPD measurement, entry standards and competency frameworks.

Read the report here.


Did you take part in the first instalment of this year's Professional Body Benchmarking Survey? We have now published our report on Membership.

Read the report here.


Did you know that only 39% of professional bodies surveyed review individuals on their governing bodies?

Good governance is essential for all organisations, including professional bodies. As guardians of the professions, and organisations with a strong public remit, professional bodies should be striving to demonstrate excellent governance.

This free report examines the state of governance in the professional body sector. It uses 2015 survey data to explore the size and structure of governing bodies, diversity and evaluating governing body performance. Where appropriate, it compares professional body governance with the charity and private sectors and offers PARN recommendations for improvement. 

Read the report here.


How can PARN help my governing body?

Our research expertise and specialist knowledge of the professional body sector mean that we're perfectly placed to conduct external reviews of the governing bodies of our members and non-members. We provide bespoke governance reviews at competitive prices, allowing organisations to practice greater transparency and ultimately develop a more effective governance strategy.

If you're interested in the bespoke services we can offer, please email our Head of Services, Robert Pitts.