The objective of this research was to rank the top schools in each zone in Delhi NCR. The study had two major modules i.e.
In the perceptual survey module, a structured questionnaire was administered with target respondents to arrive at a ranking of schools in Delhi NCR. The sample selection was done using purposive sampling method though the sample was spread out geographically to get better representation. The initial list of schools had over 540 schools of Delhi NCR, though each respondent was asked to give ratings for only those schools that he/she is aware of and known. Each person could rate maximum of 25 schools based on their perception/ experience to ensure that there was neither interviewer nor respondent fatigue and thus ensured better quality data. Teachers were asked to rate the schools (except the school that they were associate with) to avoid any biasedness.
The category of respondents who were intervened rated each of the schools based on their experience with the current school and their perception with respect to other schools. Only Parents of aspiring students (who are currently searching and aspiring to get admissions for their ward) evaluated the schools based on their perception alone. The respondent categories included:
A comprehensive list of schools was generated with the help of secondary sources, magazines and other publications. The various sources used for generation of school list included:
As it is not possible to get a completely exhaustive list of schools and include them in the survey, we had option of adding any new school name in the survey form if any respondent mentioned any school name outside our list. Effectively, every school had a chance of getting covered in the survey if their name was mentioned by the respondents.
Factual data collection
More than 550 schools were sent the factual data questionnaire and then were rigorously followed up telephonically to share their factual data.
The factual data sheet focuses on the following information areas:
Perceptual data collection
A perception questionnaire was administered with respondents. Respondents were asked to give rating for only those schools which they were aware and knew about.
Respondents were provided a list of parameters to evaluate the schools & rate on a scale of 1-10 where 1 meant poor & 10 meant excellent. The list of parameters covered in the survey was arrived at based on past surveys as well as from secondary sources. As mentioned the 5 different stakeholders were taken into consideration for the perceptual survey viz. Teachers, Alumni, Parents of aspiring students, Parents of existing students & Students.
The questionnaire was so designed that both experiential & perceptual target respondents could be exposed to the same set of parameters – this ensured that the scores of different stakeholders could be correlated and collated to arrive at a single final score.
A robust approach is followed to arrive at the final rankings. The step by step process is given below:
Schools that have been in existence for more than 5 years and have 5 or more pass out batches, people have high affinity and familiarity with them. They command respect by the community for their academic performance and infrastructure, and are generally viewed as the best.
Waiting-in-the-ranks schools - ready to grab the initiative from the leaders sooner than later. This set comprises of schools that have scored well in the research but didn’t feature in the top 10 but have potential to be in leader category in future.
There are some schools who have implemented innovative approaches of imparting education; such schools were considered for “Innovators” category. Their ranks have been assigned, considering both qualitative & quantitative performance. Typically, these were schools that recently started and are in existence for a less than 6 years.
Best efforts were made to reach every schools in Delhi NCR; however, any school that did not send complete “Fact-Sheet” within the allotted time was assigned an average Factual score for calculating their overall ranking
Any school which expressly stated that it did not wish to participate in the survey was excluded from the survey