TradeMarks: What makes associations effective?

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The foundation of TradeMarks is a groundbreaking new model developed by APCO Insight, National Journal and EURACTIV that measures the extent to which policy leaders believe associations are effective in achieving their policy goals for their members.


TradeMarks is the first study to ever tackle the question of association effectiveness with a formal, systematic and objective approach. The TradeMarks model pinpoints the specific actions that can be taken to achieve optimal impact in each area and quantitatively determines the relative impact of each factor. It allows us not only to measure effectiveness, but also to provide an actionable roadmap to associations for how to increase their perceived effectiveness and achieve their desired outcomes.


By understanding how the associations are viewed on each of the discrete drivers of effectiveness (characteristics) and the relative impact these drivers have in shaping overall effectiveness, the TradeMarks model prioritizes the most important strengths to be leveraged and the most important opportunities to be seized to increase effectiveness.


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