Ford India

Gap Assessment study in 26 Government primary schools for the “100 Happy Schools” program of Ford India, in Sanand Taluka of Gujarat.


Ford India



Key Highlights

  • 887 respondents, including students, teachers, parents, government officials
  • 26 schools in 25 villages
  • Only 5 schools had usable and hygienic toilets
  • Even though all schools had computers,they are not used either because they do not work or teachers are unable to operate them
  • Not a single school had a good library

Gap Assessment study in 26 Government primary school

The “100 Happy Schools” mission of Ford aims to improve academic performance, health and nutrition status and create awareness about auto safety among students of Government primary schools in rural areas. The study identified existing gaps in schools (education, water, nutrition, etc.) and identified partners for engagement. It helped establish partnerships with Government bodies and NGOs to create improved learning environments, leading to enhanced learning outcomes amongst children in these schools. Main focus areas according to research findings were infrastructure development with regard to toilets, water, library, sports, science equipment and MDM kitchens; social issues of advocacy related to caste and gender discrimination; teacher and staff motivation and personality development; and improving quality of education with regard to access to technology, career awareness and partnerships with Government programs.

Research Tools

01. School Profiling
02. Surveys/ Academic Tests
03. Convergent Interviewing


A School Appraisal Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System was built to track changes and impacts in schools, after the program was initiated. Each school was graded on 14 criteria during this study. Each criteria had three to four impact measurement parameters, the grade of which was established through this study. The grading was the basis to decide on short term, medium and long term targets for each school and overall. This study also helped in building strategic program design, setting targets and ensuring regular monitoring and impact assessment of the program.