Using participatory monitoring to build legitimacy an trust in watermanagement (KB-28-005-005, KB-16-001.06-003)

Project: LNV project

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Legitimacy is a key concept in effective watermanagement, and its importance is still growing. Both in governance and in information technology important changes are expected in the next years. Based on current decentralisation tendencies, the role of self-governance is expected to grow. However, mutual trust is essential for self-organisation to replace current more formalised strategies.
In the Information Age, knowledge and information are cornerstones for trust. Often, information is used to de-legitimise opponents (Buijs et al., 2011). However, through participatory monitoring information can also be used to built legitimacy of watermanagement among stakeholders. Legitimacy is often described as a threeway concept: input, throughput and output legitimacy.
Of these, throughput legitimacy (including accountability) is nowadays the central concept in project management (Keulartz et al 2008). Information technology can contribute to especially the throughput legitimacy of projects. Information can contribute to trust. Trust in knowledge and information contributes to legitimacy of decisions and processes and thus to successful collaboration. In this project, the role of participatory monitoring is further developed and validated in real life cases. Therefore we have formulated the following research question: Can participatory monitoring techniques contribute to the successful implementation of strategic water management? In four case studies, accompanied by a Community of Practice and several workshops, the role of participatory monitoring techniques will be evaluated.

Effective start/end date18/06/1231/12/16


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