Corporate Foundation Supported Government School Redevelopment in India : An Impact Evaluation Report

Sahasranamam, Sreevas and Kurien, Cherian P. (2022) Corporate Foundation Supported Government School Redevelopment in India : An Impact Evaluation Report. [Report] (https://doi.org/10.17868/strath.00080982)

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Abstract

Government schools in many parts of India are infamous for being ramshackle and dingy, with poor quality constructions, and limited maintenance, thus not providing the ideal atmosphere for learning. PRISM (Promotion of Regional Schools into International Standard through Multiple Interventions) was an intervention aimed at overcoming this, starting with a pilot at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls Nadakkavu, Kerala, India. The project started in 2008, though it gained traction in 2010. In 2012, the Faizal and Shabana Foundation1 (F&SF), a corporate foundation of KEF Holdings, began taking an active role in this project. The 2019-2021 period was a handholding transition phase, and at the end of it the key leaders of PRISM and Faizal and Shabana Foundation (philanthropic partner) wanted to carry out an independent external impact evaluation to take stock of the PRISM as of late 2021 which include understanding the main changes observed by the different stakeholders of the project - (e.g., teachers, students, parents, and alumni) during the intervention, including sustainable changes and to chart out the future course of action. An impact evaluation of the PRISM project at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls at Nadakkavu, Kerala, India, was carried out between December 2021 and March 2022. This was carried out using a combination of primary and secondary data sources. We observed a multi-layered impact achieved through PRISM intervention at the student-, faculty-, school- and ecosystem-level. The PRISM intervention not only made an individual-level impact (e.g., student- or teacher-level) but created a systems-level change (e.g., changing perception of government school education, creating a corporategovernment partnership model through venture philanthropy2 for replication to other schools).

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Sahasranamam, Sreevas ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9418-4493 and Kurien, Cherian P.;

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https://doi.org/10.17868/strath.00080982