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An Evaluation Framework for Socio-Economic Impacts of Water Management Information Systems: A Case in Uzbekistan

  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Abbr : JAPS
  • 2023, 30(1), pp.79-113
  • DOI : 10.18107/japs.2023.30.1.003
  • Publisher : Institute of Global Affairs
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Received : February 9, 2023
  • Accepted : March 15, 2023
  • Published : March 30, 2023

Hyejin Im 1 Jooyoung Kwak 2 Heejin Lee 2

1연세대학교 국제학대학원
2연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to develop an evaluation framework for socio-economic impacts of Water Management Information Systems (WMIS). Then it conducts an exploratory study in which the framework is applied to examine socio-economic impacts in the WMIS implemented in Uzbekistan. In so doing it identifies socio-economic impacts that have been rarely examined before. Based on previous studies of socio-economic impacts of ICT on the one hand, and OECD’s Water Governance Indicator Framework, we developed an evaluation framework consisting of intra-industry (individual and organizational levels), inter-industry, and governance aspects. Data were collected by surveys and interviews. Findings include improved work efficiency in water management (intra-industry) and the embryonic development of local ICT industry (inter-industry). In governance, we see enhanced communication among stakeholders and a possibility of conflicts due to access to water data. This study makes a contribution of providing an evaluation framework of socio-economic impacts beyond technical aspects of information systems implementations in water management as well as various fields where the use of ICT is increasingly essential.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.