D3.1 Report on case study findings, focusing on individual case analysis
Based on the three research streams established in D2.1, this deliverable (D3.1) applies the recommended re- search questions through semi-structured interviews, conducted in a similar fashion across all 10 research cases. Chapter 2 describes the methodology in detail: the research process, the purposeful sampling and re- search ethics. All ten cases have been carefully selected to capture the diversity of the Maker movement along two dimensions: innovation objectives (including social and commercial innovations) and scope of awareness (ran- ging from individual or group challenges to societal challenges). For data collection we have developed a case research toolkit that comprises interview guidelines, self-reporting sheets and case description templates (c.f. chapter 3). We conducted 3-4 interviews for each case, aiming to obtain an optimum of information variance consciously selecting four types of interviewees: (1) Maker initiative managers, being mainly intermediaries, providers of infrastructures and facilitators; (2) Makers with a commercial orientation, being sources for un- derstanding commercial sustainability of maker initiatives; (3) Makers with a primarily social orientation, be - ing examples for possible change models in terms of life styles such as personalisation of objects but also in terms of changing the bigger picture of production and value chains; and (4) Female makers, in order to ensure a fair representation, and counter-balance in our research the gender gap existing in the Maker movement.
The main contribution of the deliverable is an overview of how maker initiatives use Collective Awareness Plat - form (CAPs) for governance, collaboration and value creation. The richness of the interviews, reflected in the consolidated case analyses, is also a valuable foundation for the follow up cross-case analysis in D3.2.
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