Collaboration of Public Services of Phayao Elderly School, Nothern Thailand



This research project studies collaboration of public services of Phayao Elderly People in the northern
part of Thailand. The research questions are: ‘Which factors that make the collaboration possible?’,
‘What are the processes of collaboration?’ and ‘What are the final results of the collaborations?’ This
research aims to investigating the conditions leading into the collaboration of the school, examining
the collaboration process and studying the results arising from the collaboration. This is a qualitative
research using the Phayao Elderly School as a case study. This school is the most successful elderly
school in Thailand. Structured interviews and observations are used to understand the incidents as a
framework for the interviews. Content analysis is also used to analyze recorded transcripts of the
interviews. The findings of this research are: 1) The factors which led to the formation of the elderly
school are the deteriorations of the elderly people’s health, the increasing population of the elderly
people, and the utilization of the elderly people’s free time after retirement to maintain and improve
their lifestyles. 2) A network of collaboration to ensure the implementation of the elderly school and 3)
The school can encourage the integrity and self-esteem of the elderly people. The number of students is
increasing every year. However, the funding for governmental collaboration has not increased.

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