In May-June 2014 The Makers Nation conducted its first global survey of makerspaces. The goal of the study was to identify key patterns for success when operating a makerspace and uncover new ways to integrate creative spaces in their cities.
The initial findings from this research were presented at the Fab10 conference in Barcelona through a talk highlighting key metrics of data and diving deeper into the tactics around community building. More specifically on how integrating with peripheral communities such as arts, tech, and design can help accelerate the success of a makerspace.
We have gone on to conduct this survey on an annual basis; you can see all the results, and participate in the 2016 survey here.