The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. With over 14,000 members, ASA encompasses sociologists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, practitioners, and students. About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations.
As the national organization for sociologists, the American Sociological Association, through its Executive Office, is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, the Association aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.
The purpose of the Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology is to advance sociologically-informed research and practice, to further public discussion of sociological issues, and to promote the use of sociology to inform public policy.
The mission of the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology is to:
Provide a common meeting ground for individuals interested in the application of sociological knowledge.
Promote the application of sociological knowledge for beneficial social change through scholarly, educational, programmatic, community, and policy activities.
Enhance the understanding of the interrelationship between sociological knowledge and sociological practice.
Advance theory, research, methods, and training that promote the use of sociological knowledge for beneficial social change.
Promote the use of applied and clinical sociology in local, regional, state, national, and international settings.
The goals of CSA, as delineated by its constitution are:
To promote the scientific study of society among interested persons within the state of California.
To stimulate discussion and encourage cooperative relations among persons engaged in the scientific study of society, and
To further the aims of instruction, practice, and research in sociology.
The mission of the Pacific Sociological Association is to advance scholarly research on all social processes and areas of social life, to promote high quality teaching of sociological knowledge, and to mentor the next generation of sociologists. Consistent with principles of scientific investigation, the PSA endorses engagement of sociologists in areas of social justice and social responsibility. The Association accomplishes its mission by convening an annual meeting and publishing its journal, Sociological Perspectives.
The SSSP's stated purpose is to promote and protect sociological research and teaching on significant problems of social life and, particularly, to encourage the work of young sociologists; to stimulate the application of scientific method and theory to the study of vital social problems; to encourage problem-centered social research; to foster cooperative relations among persons and organizations engaged in the application of scientific sociological findings to the formulation of social policies; to foster higher quality of life, social welfare, and positive social relations in society and the global community and to undertake any activity related thereto or necessary or desirable for the accomplishment of the foregoing purposes.
SWS is a non-profit scientific and educational organization of sociologists and others dedicated to:
maximizing the effectiveness of and professional opportunities for women in sociology
exploring the contributions which sociology can, does and should make to the investigation of
and humanization of current gender arrangements
improving women's lives and creating feminist social change
The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7700 members representing all 50 states in the United States as well as over 60 foreign countries.