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Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)

Summary 
Started in the mid-90s, the MICS surveys from UNICEF are focused on providing data for tracking progress toward the MDGs, particularly those related to health, education and mortality.

UNICEF started the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey series in the mid-90s, originally in response to the World Summit for Children. The goal of the first round of MICS was to measure progress towards mid-decade international goals. MICS1 was conducted around 1995 in more than 60 countries; however, data for the first round have not been released and only 12 reports are available online. Printed reports may be available through the library system.

There have been three other rounds of MICS, each including around 60 surveys in low-to-middle-income countries. While each round is different, the surveys are comparable, and topics commonly covered by the MICS include immunization, education, child and maternal health and HIV/AIDS. MICS also has focused on providing data for tracking progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS), particularly those related to health, education and mortality. In the past, rounds of MICS occurred every five years; with MICS4, the periodicity is being increased to every three years.

Implementation of the surveys is usually done by a government organization, with UNICEF providing technical assistance and training. Mothers or caretakers of children in the household are typically the respondents, and populations covered are children and women ages 15-49. There is a household portion of the survey as well, and the fourth round includes a questionnaire for men, ages 15-49. As with most large international surveys of this type, there are different modules that may or may not be used in a specific country such as salt iodization, child labor, and malaria. The childinfo.org site, where you can download MICS data and reports, has tables specifying which modules were used in which countries. Most MICS are nationally-representative; however, a few surveys have been done of specific populations. Also, in some cases, MICS surveys have been combined with other surveys, such as PAPFAM and DHS.

For more information on MICS, UNICEF has a range of resources on the childinfo.org site, including a page listing available datasets and reports from all rounds.

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) Dataset Records

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Kazakhstan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2015

Cross-sectional - Health facility - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Mexico Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2015

Encuesta Nacional de Niños, Niñas y Mujeres (ENIM) 2015
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Benin Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

Bénin Enquête par grappes à Indicateurs Multiples (MICS) 2014
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Cameroon Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

Cameroun Enquête par Grappes à Indicateurs Multiples (MICS5) 2014
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Dominican Republic Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

Encuesta Nacional de Hogares de Propósitos Múltiples (ENHOGAR-MICS) 2014
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Guyana Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

Cross-sectional - Health facility - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Kyrgyzstan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

Многоиндикаторное кластерное обследование в Кыргызской Республике 2014
Cross-sectional - Household - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Sao Tome and Principe Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

São Tomé e Príncipe Biomarcadores do Inquérito de Indicadores Múltiplos (MICS) 2014
Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

El Salvador Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

Encuesta National de Salud (ENS) 2014
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Guinea-Bissau Multiple Cluster Indicator Survey 2014

Guiné-Bissau Inquérito aos Indicadores Múltiplos 2014
Cross-sectional - De jure - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Serbia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Nepal Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Cuba Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

Encuesta de Indicadores Múltiples por Conglomerados 2014
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Malawi Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2013-2014

Malawi MDG Endline Survey 2014
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Mongolia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2013

Mongolia Social Indicator Sample Survey (SISS) 2013
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Uruguay Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2012-2013

Uruguay Encuesta de Indicadores Múltiples por Conglomerados 2013
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Algeria Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2012-2013

Enquête par Grappes à Indicateurs Multiples (MICS) 2012-2013
Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

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