Bangladesh Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2006


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MICS 2006

Survey Type

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey - Round 3 [hh/mics-3]

Series Information

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, Round 3 (MICS3) is the third round of MICS surveys, previously conducted around 1995 (MICS1) and 2000 (MICS2).  Many questions and indicators are consistent and compatible with the prior round of MICS (MICS2) but less so with MICS1, although there have been a number of changes in definition of indicators between rounds.  Details can be found by reviewing the indicator definitions.


Version Description

Version 1.0: edited data used for final report

Production Date




The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a household survey programme developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring human development in general and the situation of children and women in particular.  MICS is capable of producing statistically sound, internationally comparable estimates of social indicators. The current round of MICS is focused on providing a monitoring tool for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the World Fit for Children (WFFC), as well as for other major international commitments, such as the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV/AIDS and the Abuja targets for malaria.

Survey Objectives 

The 2006 Bangladesh Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has the following objectives:

·	To provide up-to-date information for assessing the situation of children and women in Bangladesh;

·	To furnish data needed for monitoring progress toward goals established by the Millennium Development Goals,   the goals of A World Fit For Children (WFFC), and other internationally agreed upon goals, as a basis for future action;

·	To contribute to the improvement of data and monitoring systems in Bangladesh and to strengthen technical expertise in the design, implementation, and analysis of such systems.

Survey Content

MICS questionnaires are designed in a modular fashion that can be easily customized to the needs of a country.  They consist of a household questionnaire, a questionnaire for women aged 15-49 and a questionnaire for children under the age of five (to be administered to the mother or caretaker). Other than a set of core modules, countries can select which modules they want to include in each questionnaire.

Survey Implementation

The survey was implemented by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics , 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, covering questionnaire content, sampling and survey implementation; data processing; data quality and data analysis; report writing and dissemination.

Kind of Data

Sample survey data [ssd]

Unit of Analysis

Households (defined as a group of persons who usually live and eat together)

De jure household members (defined as memers of the household who usually live in the household, which may include people who did not sleep in the household the previous night, but does not include visitors who slept in the household the previous night but do not usually live in the household)

Women aged 15-49

Children aged 0-4


Description of Scope

The Bangladesh Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey included the following modules in the questionnaires:

HOUSEHOLD QUESTIONNAIRE : Household characteristics, household listing, orphaned and vulnerable children, education, child labour, water and sanitation,  child discipline, child disability and salt iodization.

WOMEN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Women's characteristics, tetanus toxoid, maternal and newborn health, marriage,  and HIV/AIDS knowledge and domestic violence.

CHILDREN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Children's characteristics, birth registration and early learning, child development, vitamin A, breastfeeding, care of illness, source and cost fo supplies for oral rehydation therapy and  immunization.

Topic Classifications

Household members
Water and sanitation
Household characteristics
Child labour
Salt iodization
Women's background
Tetanus toxoid
Maternal and newborn health
Marriage and union
Children's background
Birth registration
Early learning
Vitamin A
Care of illness
Support to children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS
Child discipline
Source and cost of supplies
Attitudes towards domestic violence
Child development


Geographic Coverage

The survey is nationally representative and covers the whole of Bangladesh.


The survey covered all de jure household members (usual residents), all women aged 15-49 years resident in the household, and all children aged 0-4 years (under age 5) resident in the household.

Producers and Sponsors

Primary Investigator(s)

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics

Other Producers

UNICEF/CO - UNICEF, Bangladesh Country Office (UNICEF): Technical assistance
UNICEF/SIS/DPP/NYHQ - Strategic Information Section, Division of Policy and Planning, UNICEF NYHQ (UNICEF): International technical assistance

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

Croft, Trevor (Blancroft Research International): Producer of generic MICS example
James, Rhiannon (UNICEF): Customisation of generic for Bangladesh archive

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version

Bangladesh MICS 2006 v0.1

DDI Document ID

Generated: FEB-14-2008 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit