Findings of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Georgia

The Results of the Largest International Household Survey Launched on the World Children’s Day

Children in kindergarten
UNICEF/GEO-2019/Robakidze

On November 30th, 2019 National Statistics Office of Georgia, UNICEF Georgia and the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health launch the results of the 2018-2019 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS).

Developed and supported by UNICEF, MICS is one of the largest international household survey programmes worldwide. It is designed to collect estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of households and especially of children and women. Since the inception of MICS in the 1990s, over 300 surveys have been carried out in more than 100 countries.

Georgia MICS 2018 included over 180 indicators and involved over 14 000 households as a sample size, providing regionally representative data which can be segregated by age, sex, urban/rural, IDP status, ethnicity, disability and wealth allowing precise targeting of development interventions.

MICS was conducted by National Statistics Office of Georgia – GeoStat, with the technical support and partial financial assistance of UNICEF and partners, whereas the lead and water testing were co-led by the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC).

The implementation of the MICS was carried out with significant support of 11 different donors, including SIDA, USAID, AFD, SDC, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP, the WB, the Italian National Institute of Health and the NCDC. The MICS in Georgia was an effort to address important gaps in the availability of data to support strategic and evidence-based policymaking towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.