Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a household survey programme developed by UNICEF to assist countries to fill gaps in data for monitoring the situation of children and women.
Since the mid-1990s MICS has enabled many countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of a range of indicators related to health, education, child protection, and HIV and AIDS. MICS findings have been used extensively as a basis for policy decisions and programme interventions. They also assist in influencing public opinion on the situation of children and women around the world.
In 2011, UNICEF is supporting the fourth round of this survey (MICS4). Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Moldova Republic, Montenegro, Serbia and Uzbekistan have confirmed their intention to take part. Click here for more about MICS4 implementation in the CEECIS region.
Findings from MICS3The third round of MICS, which was carried out in over 50 countries in 2005–06, has been an important data source for monitoring the Millennium Development Goals. Data on 21 MDG indicators (in particular, indicators related to health, education and mortality) were collected through MICS3. MICS3 was also a monitoring tool for other international goals including the World Fit for Children, the UNGASS targets on HIV and AIDS, and the Abuja targets for malaria.
In the CEECIS region, 13 countries carried out MICS3. Click here for national MICS3 reports and datasets in English and national languages.
The regional overview, Emerging challenges for children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Focus on Disparities, presents cross-country key findings.
Survey toolsThe MICS survey tools are developed by UNICEF after consultation with relevant experts from various UN organizations and interagency monitoring groups. The survey questionnaires are modular tools that can be adapted to the needs of each country.
UNICEF works closely with other household survey programmes, in particular the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) programme, to harmonize survey questions and modules and ensure a coordinated approach to survey implementation. The objective is to provide comparability across surveys and avoid duplication of efforts.
Implementation and capacity developmentMICS surveys are typically carried out by government organizations, with the support and assistance of UNICEF and other partners. Technical assistance and training for the surveys is provided through a series of regional workshops. Experts from developing countries are trained on aspects of MICS such as questionnaire content, sampling and survey implementation, data processing, data quality, data analysis, report writing and dissemination.
For additional information, please contact:
Anne-Claire Luzot, Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Siraj Mahmudlu, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist