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Making the Future:
A New Assessment Framework for Local Production

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The Study

A mixed-methods approach, synthesizing traditional impact data from questionnaires and interviews with social network analyses, provides an emerging view of the multifaceted impact of makerspaces. Open Works, as a single case, exemplifies the potential of makerspaces as a catalyst for economic revitalization in Baltimore, fostering collaboration among artists, entrepreneurs, innovators, industry, and government. Amid increasing demand for local production space driven by a growing interest in creative outlets, entrepreneurial support, supply chain resilience, and expanding access to the means of production, Open Works has emerged as a national leader. Applied impact research provides an advocacy foundation for policies that promote innovation, workforce development, and inclusive economic growth in Maryland and beyond. Open Works' success serves as a model for other makerspaces across the nation and internationally.

Our Team

The project team included participants from industry, maker  leadership, and academia. Trans-disciplinary analysis contributed to the value received from diverse perspectives.  

Our Method

A mixed-methods approach, synthesizing traditional impact data from questionnaires and interviews with social network analyses, provides an emerging view of the multifaceted impact of makerspaces. 

Our Results

Results are presented in a report format for use by practitioners, policymakers, researchers, students, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders in all sectors of the social, economic, and technological landscape.

Key Questions
  • What was Open Works’ involvement leading to the passage of Maryland Senate Bill 453 to establish Maryland Makerspace Initiative Program
  • How is Open Works partnering with TEDCO?
  • How is Open Works preparing participating makerspaces for sustainable futures that demonstrate positive economic impact?
  • What is the projected economic impact of makerspaces in jurisdictions where makerspaces are expanded? and
  • What is the projected impact of funds on makerspace sustainability?
Key Findings
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