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Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)

Series type 
Multinational survey family

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 now been six 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. Originally, rounds of MICS occurred every five years; with MICS4, the periodicity was 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 rounds sometimes include 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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Guinea-Bissau Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2018-2019

Guiné-Bissau Monitorização da Situação da Criança e da Mulher Inquérito aos Indicadores Múltiplos 2018-2019
Survey: Cross-sectional - De jure - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Kiribati Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2018-2019

Kiribati Social Development Indicator Survey (KSIDS) 2018-2019; Kiribati MICS 2018-2019
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Lesotho Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2018

Lesotho Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2018
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Laos Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2017

Laos Social Indicator Survey (LSIS II) 2017
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Guinea Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2016

Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative - Verbal autopsy

Paraguay Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2016

Paraguay Encuesta de Indicadores Múltiples por Conglomerados 2016
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Cote d'Ivoire Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2016

Enquête par grappes à indicateurs multiples - Côte d’Ivoire 2016
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Thailand - Bangkok Small Community Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2016

กำรสำรวจสถำนกำรณ์เด็กและสตรีในชุมชนของกรุงเทพมหำนคร พ.ศ. 2559 [A Survey of Children and Women in the Community of Bangkok 2016]
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview

Mexico Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2015

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

Mauritania Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2015

Enquête par Grappes à Indicateurs Multiples (MICS) 2015
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Mali Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2015

Enquête par Grappes à Indicateurs Multiples 2015
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative - Verbal autopsy

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