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ADDITIONAL INFO

Press Release

Center for Strategic Ingepreneurship (CSI)

Students for Ingepreneurial Impact (SII)

© 2019 by CSU Center for Strategic Ingepreneurship

TURNING
MAKERSPACES

INTO GREATER

PLACES

THE STUDY

TEAM

TRANSDISCIPLINARY

The research team was intentionally recruited for its transdisciplinary characteristics. Transdisciplinary approaches help create a collaborative climate that facilitates innovation.

METHOD

MIXED

Qualitative and quantitative analysis are used for exploratory descriptive analysis of programs and outcomes to determine the best approaches for continuous improvement.

MISSION

STAKEHOLDERS

Questions were formulated to provide information that holds value for Open Works stakeholders and builds a framework for assessing the social and economic impact of makerspaces.

KEY QUESTIONS
  • How many jobs are supported by Open Works?
  • What is the demographic makeup of the jobs supported by Open Works?
  • What kind of businesses are pursued at Open Works?
  • What are the barriers faced by the businesses located at Open Works?
  • How can Open Works help reduce or alleviate barriers?
  • What are the characteristics of the workforce sought by businesses based at Open Works?
  • What is the three-year outlook of Open Works?
  • What is the overall economic impact of Open Works?
 

WHO

BENEFITS

 

POLICYMAKERS
GRANTMAKERS
MAKER LEADERSHIP
ADVOCATES
INGEPRENEURS
MAKER COMMUNITIES
RESEARCHERS
DEVELOPERS
OTHERS
 

KEY

FINDINGS

 

National leader in age, ethnic, and gender diversity

Client Base: 54% female, 43% people of color, and a wide age distribution, ranging from 6 to 88.

National leader in space, tool variety, program variety, and services

34,000 SF is well beyond the 500-2000 SF national norm for space.

Community, access, space, and cost are major themes and the greatest potential barriers to success

 

Provides data intelligence regarding makerspace success factors

Inter-institutional collaborations are keys to success

Schools, churches, community organizations, nonprofits are part of an intentional strategy.

Beyond manufacturing, there are significant contributions to education and professional services

There is prevalent evidence of multi-sectoral Impact

Creation of 252 state and local jobs

They serve as an engine for social and economic transformation on the community level.

Generation of 8.5M in state and local labor income

There is a positive, direct impact on household budgets.

Generation of 17.9M in state and local production and sales output

 

The production vitality transforms the business climate.

 

Generation of 17.9M in state and local production and sales output

 

The production vitality transforms the business climate.

10 KEY

FINDINGS 

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2019

Organization Assessment
and
Economic Impact Study of

conducted by

Coppin State University’s

Center of Strategic Ingepreneurship (CSI)

Sponsored by PNC Bank

 

CURRENT 

PROJECT

"Trust is one of the fundamental factors that affect the wealth of nations." 

Nurullah Gur, "Trust and the Wealth of Nations"

Progress in Development Studies

2015, p.121

"A Trust Framework for Facilitating Organizational Community, Playful Ingenuity, and Collaborative Economic Growth"

 

Nurullah Gur, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences at Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul/Turkey states that “Trust is one of the fundamental factors that affect the wealth of nations. When the interactions are improved by trust, this will make investments, financial markets, public expenditures, institutions, regulations, and firms more effective and development friendly.” The importance of "community" at Open Works, as revealed in "Turning Makerspaces into Greater Places," and the importance of trust present an opportunity to develop frameworks for improving inclusivity, equitable access to tools, as well as intra- and inter-institutional collaboration. The importance of trust is even more evident in places where historic distrust due to perceived and actual inequities has created barriers to equitable, collaborative economic development. The “Trust Framework for Facilitating Equitable Access to Ingepreneurial Opportunity” is offered as a potential solution.

The 2019-2020 project will examine existing trust frameworks such as "Edelman's Trust Barometer" while developing a tool for assessing cultural composition and transparency. Our objective is to develop an instrument and process for building trust, strengthening community, and bridging divides (e.g. regional, cultural, ethnic, gender, institutional, and otherwise) for the benefit t of collaborative "ingepreneurial" advancement.