Evidence-based Policy-Making

Evidence for policy making in Europe and CIS


MICS in 2005-2006

Some examples of the use of MICS 2005-2006 data

  • Serbia: MICS findings were instrumental to initiate the establishment of the national commission on young children nutrition and feeding practices and the legislative proposal to ban corporal punishment
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: following MICS findings (indicating that only 61 per cent of children were vaccinated) a promotional campaign on immunisation was initiated by the Institute of Public Health.
  • Kyrgyzstan: After MICS revealed high stunting rates, a community-based nutrition programme was developed, which is now being scaled up to the whole country

 Country  Year (s)


 Albania  2005  Eng
 Belarus  2005  Eng, Rus
 Bosnia and Herzegovina  2006  Eng, Bos
 Georgia  2005  Eng, Geo
 Kazakhstan  2006  Eng, Rus



 Eng, Rus
TfYR of Macedonia  2005  Eng, Mak






 Tajikistan  2005  Eng, Rus,Taj
 Turkmenistan  2006  Restricted
 Ukraine  2005  Tables
 Uzbekistan  2006  Eng, Rus, Uzb

Using MICS for evidence-based policy advocacy

From the outset, special efforts were made in the CEE/CIS region to ensure that MICS  findings would be disseminated as widely as possible in order to inform evidence-based policy making. It recommended that each country develop a MICS Dissemination Plan.

As a result, new and innovative strategies resulted in greater dissemination:

    • Three countries produced executive summaries of almost half the countries developed, or are developing, a dedicated MICS3 web page
      • Most countries developed printed material dedicated to MICS3 results (e.g. fact sheets, booklets, leaflets and calendars)
        • Most  countries prepared media releases at the time results were launched; these were instrumental in the production of news and TV coverage: in Serbia, a 26-episode TV documentary series, Serbia Fit for Children– based on key MICS3 findings – was produced and broadcast.

        Facilitating access

        To facilitate easy access to MICS findings, data have been uploaded to DevInfo.Further refinements include:

        • MICSInfo developed by the Regional Office, which includes MICS indicators from 12 countries disaggregated by region, U5R, sex, wealth, ethnicity and level of education.
        • Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan each developed a local adaptation of MICSInfo.
        • Macedonia and Serbia included MICS3 data in their existing DevInfo national databases.

        Informing study and analysis

        MICS findings were instrumental in informing strategic documents at both regional and country levels:

        The Regional Office used MICS data to produce:

          • Emerging challenges for children in Central Asia and Eastern Europe presents key MICS3 findings from 12 countries, with a focus on disparities
            • Education for some more than others? the Regional Education Report
              • Right at birth, a regional birth registration report
                • Regional Nutrition Study

                Individual countries also produced the following publications informed by MICS data and presented to key stakeholders.

                  • In Albania: The State of Children in Albania.  
                    • In Bosnia and Herzegovina: Situation Analysis of Children and Women, ECD Sector Analysis, Child Protection Analysis and Child Poverty Study.  
                      • In Macedonia: Child Poverty Study.  Findings were also presented at strategic conferences, including the EU conference on Social Inclusion in Macedonia. 
                        • In Kazakhstan, the MICS3 findings were presented to parliament.
                          • In Kyrgyzstan: Situation Analysis of Children and Women and Child Poverty Study.
                            • In Serbia: Breaking the Cycle of Exclusion - Roma Children in South East Europe, The State of Children in Serbia 2006, Poor and Excluded, 2nd Progress Report on Poverty Reduction Strategy, MDG Situation Room. MICS3 findings informed public hearings on `Child Health: Challenges and Solutons` at the national parliament.
                              • In Tajikistan: Child Poverty Study, Comparative Analysis of MICS 2000 vs 2005 and the Child Poverty Atlas. Findings were presented at the National Conference on Poverty. 
                                • In Uzbekistan: Child Poverty Study, Situation Analysis of Children and Women, Evidence-based decision-making and advocacy.
                                For additional information, please contact:

                                Lori Bell, Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

                                Siraj Mahmudlu, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist






                                Using MICS 3 for evidence-based policy-making.

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                                Regional publication

                                Emerging challenges for children in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. This presentation highlights key findings of MICS3 from 12 countries with a focus on disparities. Click here for more.

                                Micsinfo - presents MICS3 findings using DevInfo technology. Click here for more.


                                Printed Material
                                MICS Calendar
                                MICS Campaign visuals

                                Executive Summaries
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                                Child Mortality
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                                Skilled Delivery
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                                User Guide
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                                Press Releases
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