The Water Management School as an Innovation to the Water Management Solution: The Success in Network Governance.


  • Suwida Nuamcharoen -
  • Wit Sattakorn Lampang Rajabhat University,


Water Management ; Innovation; Network governance, The Phrae Provincial Administrative Organization


The objectives of this study were: 1) to examine the utilization of the network governance style of administration in implementing the Water Management School, an innovative initiative by The Phrae Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO), and 2) to provide guidelines for introducing the network governance in innovation in water management. A qualitative research design was adopted for this case study, employing methods such as document analysis, in-depth interviews, group discussion, and non-participatory observation. Data triangulation was used to ensure data validity, and semi-structured interviews were conducted as the primary data collection tool. Content analysis was applied for data analysis.

          The study's findings revealed that the collaborative steps taken by the Water Management School included problem identification, establishing the school, and building a network for development. Network governance features, such as participatory approaches, community involvement, multi-level governance, and collaboration, were emphasized throughout the process to achieve sustainable water use and conservation. Moreover, guidelines for introducing network governance in innovation in water management were identified, including the assessment of the existing water management system, establishment of a shared vision and clear goals, creation of a collaborative network structure, building trust and fostering partnerships, encouraging participation and stakeholder engagement, promoting knowledge sharing and innovation, enhancing capacity building, monitoring, evaluating, and adapting, promoting policy coherence and supportive legal frameworks, and fostering long-term commitment and sustainability.


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