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NEWS RELEASE: The Research Society and RANZ strengthen ties

25 June 2020 

The peak bodies for research, insights and analytics professionals and their organisations, Research Association New Zealand (RANZ) and The Research Society (Australian Market & Social Research Society), have today announced a new strategic partnership to strengthen their existing relationship.

The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their existing relationship to share expertise, resources and development costs more efficiently and effectively.  Members in both countries are set to benefit from a range of new and existing initiatives created when the two associations combine their expertise and experience.   A critical area of activity for both the Research Society and RANZ is professional development and the increased collaboration this MoU allows means more and better access to quality learning opportunities and tools for members to ensure they are well equipped to meet the demand of our dynamic industry. 

The Qualified Professional Researcher (QPR) accreditation scheme, originally developed by The Research Society, is an important initiative to reassure consumers that the industry protects their information and also forms an important part of our collaboration between Australia and the NZ. It benefits both our memberships.

Susanna Baggaley, General Manager of RANZ, comments:

“RANZ is delighted to formalise and strengthen the relationship we have had with The Research Society (previously AMSRS) over the years. The MoU enables us to more effectively share and access industry events, such as our respective conferences, as well as extensive professional development resources. We are looking forward to developing closer networks and exciting future collaborations for our members.”

Elissa Molloy, Chief Executive of The Research Society, comments:

“The Research Society is thrilled to have signed the MoU withRANZ, an organisation we have enjoyed a long, informal relationship with over many years.  It is the right time to be taking this next step.  Signing the MoU adds another level of dynamism to The Research Society, complementing the raft of changes we are rolling out, including of course our new name and new website, and also the raft of new and reimagined member services. Professional development offerings and the QPR accreditation scheme provide strong building blocks for our relationship going forward as we continue to work closely with RANZ to provide the highest level of support and lots of exciting new opportunities for our members.”

QPR is available to full members of The Research Society or Research Association New Zealand (RANZ) who have worked in the broader research sector and have three (3) years industry experience, with at least two (2) years of those practising in Australia or New Zealand (for New Zealand applicants), and a university degree (10 years industry experience is required if a member does not hold a degree).


RANZ is a member of APRC whose aim is to further promote the development of Asia-focused marketing research technologies and insights through creating additional opportunities for cross-border exchanges amongst marketing research associations and communities within the Asia Pacific region.

RANZ is proud to be a member of the GRBN which connects over 40 research associations globally by sharing information and promoting international learning standards for our industry.

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