FM Research

Overview

The RBI feeds the FM research process from the following streams: IFMA members, IFMA regional and global boards of directors, secondary external research reports and non-IFMA facility managers. Through a series of collaborative efforts, RBI research focuses on critical areas of interest to IFMA members supported by implementing applied and academic FM research techniques. The goal is to provide research that will sustain and drive the FM industry by equipping FM industry participants with game-changing information on the latest data and trends.

Process

The RBI research process incorporates multiple data streams and expertise to craft the best possible FM research and benchmarking data for use by IFMA members. Select research supports regional efforts in facilitating the development of needed products (provided resources are available). The RBI also incorporates IFMA and non-IFMA FM subject matter experts in the development of targeted research products.

When appropriate, the RBI will modify its process to provide a more refined product. The RBI’s goal is not to re-examine longstanding issues, but rather to develop new content where appropriate, update existing beneficial content and expand into new areas of FM that were not defined or well validated, and aim to reduce or eliminate FM research gaps.

Active Benchmark and/or Research Surveys

FM Research and Benchmarking Institute benchmark/research studies by title for 2022 – 2023
Middle East – Operations and Maintenance Benchmark survey 2021
Global FM Trends survey 2021
Return To Work survey 2021
Attaining IFMA Credentials – Return on Investment survey 2021 (by invitation only)
IFMA Technology survey 2021
Africa – Operations and Maintenance Benchmark survey 2022

New Research Studies

FM Research and Benchmarking Institute research studies by title for current year IFMA Store post
IFMA FM Global Salary and Compensation report #1 Aug 2021
Asia Operations and Maintenance benchmark study (Eng/S_Ch) Mar 1 2022
European Union Operations and Maintenance benchmark – mini-whitepaper #1 Mar 2021
IFMA FM Global Salary and Compensation report #2 Apr 2022
North America Operations and Maintenance benchmark study Apr 2021
European Union Operations and Maintenance benchmark  – mini whitepaper #2 Apr 2022
Global FM Trends Apr 2022
European Union Operations and Maintenance benchmark  – mini whitepaper #3 May 2022
Middle East Operations and Maintenance benchmark study July 2022
FM Succession Planning Jun 2022
Global FM Technology Jun/Jul 2022
IFMA Credentials Return on Investment Update Jun 2022
Return To Office (QTR summary document) Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec 2022
North America Operations and Maintenance Qualitative report Jun 2022
Africa Operations and Maintenance benchmark study Sept 2022
Global FM Operations and Maintenance Report Oct 2022

Open RFPs

The RBI supports transparency of requests for proposals distributed and/or posted for more than US$50,000 (research projects vary in price and sometimes exceed this threshold; hence the communication channel for future applicants).

Research Application

For companies and individuals wanting to collaborate with the RBI on future projects, the RBI research application facilitates the opportunity to thoroughly propose a project. The research application is a comprehensive document outlining the process and types of measurement used in examining submitted applications to enable transparency.

Access the research application (.pdf) »

Research Subscription Cost

IFMA Research Subscription Cost
This opportunity allows IFMA members to purchase research reports at a discounted rate. Member price = US$295 to US$195 per report = US$500 savings
The minimum requirement is five reports – they do not have to be purchased at once. This amounts to a $100 discount for IFMA members per report and applies to the newest reports published in the last three years. Non-member price = US$445 to US$375 per report = US$350 savings

Request for proposal

Stay tuned for details on and resources related to the RFP process.