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This is part of a 5-part series to help you design and plan a Lab. Complete Phase 4 - Prototyping before starting this phase.

You will not be around forever. what happens when the Lab ends?


A. Why is it important for Labs to end?

Labs are powerful vehicles for a short acceleration of think and do-power, but be prepared to end them at some point.

Practically speaking - at some point, your funding will run out. And importantly, we want to see solutions scale and develop on their own too.


B. Ensure everyone knows the Lab's end date

Ensure your end date is clear, and is communicated to everyone. This will help to generate energy and intent. A nice way of closing your Lab (or your Lab first life cycle - depending on what you plan for follow up) is a big public event, where you share your outcomes with a larger crowd.


C. Consider scenarios for closing the Lab

There isn’t one type of outcome of a Lab, so there isn’t one way of ending a Lab. There are different scenarios and outcomes. Some can co-exist as well.

  • Lab participants or other stakeholders continue maintaining or scale up prototypes created during the Labs
  • Hivos continue maintaining or scale up solutions in a new programme
  • The Lab turns into a permanent programme / innovation platform (including own staff)
  • The Lab ends, but having generated lessons for the field and for Hivos that can be used in other work.