An Evaluative ase study by the CDHB about the public health inpacts of Gap Filler.
Following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/11, Gap Filler (a registered charity) emerged and responded with a large number of innovative urban regeneration initiatives. Gap Filler has been prolific in the delivery of a broad range of artistic, creative, educational, enabling and inspiring interventions that have gained considerable profile and following among locals and visitors alike. The projects have ranged from small short-term installations or activities costing one or two hundred dollars, to major medium-term architectural-build projects costing more than $250,000. Gap Filler has established expertise; engaged the public in a multitude of interactive installations and volunteerism; influenced thinking; contributed to improved wellbeing for some; gained local, national and international media coverage and profile; and earned a reputation for quality, creativity and novelty. While inferences can be drawn about the projects’ effects and their overall positive contribution to the psychosocial recovery of Christchurch residents, the size, nature, scope and longevity of these effects cannot be easily or precisely estimated. These issues are discussed within this report, along with a review of related concepts, sections on the attributes of successful initiatives, resilience and wellbeing, future directions, and considerations for funders and other stakeholders.