greenspace scotland Community Placemaking review

In March 2013 greenspace scotland undertook an evaluation of 11 Placemaking projects to investigate the impact that Community Placemaking has/is making to the transformation of local spaces and neighbourhoods and the involvement of communities.

We found that the placemaking principle of ‘testing ideas’ in the short term to inform longer term projects and investment was very effective. Communities reported being involved in Placemaking had increased their skills and confidence, provided ‘proof of need for what we are doing’, ‘helped us get more resources and funding’ and ‘given us more clout!’

The review consisted of a ‘post-hoc’ evaluation and research project which sought to evidence and demonstrate that Community Placemaking projects result in communities leading the successful transformation of their local spaces and neighbourhoods; capture and share the learning from these and bring together; and support a new knowledge hub and peer learning network of Community Placemakers.

To do this we revisited past Community Placemaking projects via:

  • an e-survey targeting key representatives of all Community Placemaking projects supported since 2005 to find out ‘what happened next’
  • semi-structured telephone interviews for 6 past Community Placemaking projects which had ‘most valuable’ learning about the successes, challenges and learning from their projects

As a result we have

  • developed 3 Community Placemaking Case Studies as a resource for inspiring and informing others
  • hosted a Community Placemaking networking and sharing practice event bringing together Community Placemaking groups and groups and organisations interested in the approach to share and review their experiences and to identify and develop key lessons and factors for success.
  • produced a research report to capture the lessons and learning uncovered

The review was supported by the Scottish Government Learning Networks Challenge Fund.


Download the Investigating the impact report here

Case Studies studies of 3 past Community Placemaking projects are also available:

Ardrishaig village
Mill Park, Haldane
Laurieston, Gorbals

A copy of the presentation from networking and sharing practice event available here