Meanwhile Space has published a report to explain how Open Doors was set up and operated, with the hope that this might provide some insight for others looking to establish their own meanwhile projects. The report also contains a summary of information gathered from Meanwhile Space impact assessments, and a look at what can be learned for future projects.
'Open Doors: Pilot Programme Report' includes:
- How it worked: How the sites were identified, set-up and managed, and how they were used.
- Timeline: Key milestones and important events.
- Impact: How well the project achieved its objectives - relieving loneliness, increasing footfall, building socially and economically stronger communities, promoting high street community uses, supporting landlords struggling with empty properties, activating empty spaces.
- Case studies: Reflections on the project, from the perspective of those involved.
- Lessons learned: What worked well, and ideas for the future.
Download the full report here - Open Doors: Pilot Programme Report
Open Doors was independently evaluated by IFF Research to help inform future government policy and funding decisions. An analysis of data gathered through this process, setting out key findings and recommendations, has been published by MHCLG.
'Open Doors pilot programme: evaluation report' concludes:
- Key findings: The programme provided significant benefits to space users and landlords.
- Key recommendations: Sites should be located in central high street locations, meanwhile use should be trialled on a larger scale to realise wider economic and social benefits, a network should be built linking meanwhile projects.
View the full report here - Open Doors pilot programme: evaluation report