Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is an international household survey programme developed by UNICEF. MICS is designed to collect statistically sound, internationally comparable estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of children and women in the areas of health, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS. MICS also provides a tool to monitor progress towards national goals and global commitments aimed at promoting the welfare of children, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MICS uses three questionnaires; one for the household, one for women 15-49 years of age and one for children under five, administered to their mothers or caretakers. Several modules address issues such as education, health and household characteristics.
The main purpose of the MICS (round 4) in Nepal is to support the Government to data for monitoring the situation of children and women for specified sub-regions. Realizing the importance of sub-national data on children and women for the mid and far western region of Nepal, the survey will collect the data from all 24 districts for six estimation domains closely aligned with physiographic regions. MICS4 is also taken as an opportunity to prepare the Government of Nepal to participate in the next round of MICS at national level with sub-national estimation at appropriate level once the state restructuring is complete. The MICS4 survey is implemented by the Social Statistics Section in Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The household listing in the selected clusters has already begun in March and it is expected that the preliminary results on will be available by December 2010.