Some examples of the use of MICS3 data in CEECIS:
- Serbia: MICS3 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 Herzogovina: following MICS3 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 MICS3 revealed high stunting rates, a community-based nutrition programme was developed, which is now being scaled up to the whole country
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Using MICS3 for evidence-based policy advocacy
From the outset, special efforts were made in the CEECIS region to ensure that MICS3 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.
To facilitate easy access to MICS3 findings, data have been uploaded to DevInfo.Further refinements include:
- MICSInfo developed by the Regional Office, which includes MICS3 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
MICS3 findings were instrumental in informing strategic documents at both regional and country levels:
The Regional Office used MICS3 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 MIC3 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:
Anne-Claire Luzot, Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Siraj Mahmudlu, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist