Georgia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2005


Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women


MICS 2005

Translated Title

Georgia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2005

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 2005 Georgia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has as its primary objectives:

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

To furnish data needed for monitoring progress toward goals established in the Millennium Declaration, 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 Georgia 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 carried out by the State Department of Statistics of Georgia and the National Centre for Disease Control of Georgia, with the support and assistance of UNICEF.  

Technical assistance and training for the MICS 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 Georgia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey included the following modules in the questionnaires:

HOUSEHOLD QUESTIONNAIRE : Household Listing, Education, Water and Sanitation, Household Characteristics, Child Labour, Child Discipline, Disability, and Salt Iodization.

WOMEN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Child Mortality, Maternal and Newborn Health, Marriage and Union, Contraception, Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence, HIV knowledge, Cigarette Smoking, and Hemoglobin Test (Hemoglobin measurements were performed in every third household in all clusters on women 15-49 years of age).

CHILDREN'S QUESTIONNAIRE:  Birth Registration and Early Learning, Child Development, Breastfeeding, Care of Illness, Immunization (The immunization levels were based primarily on recall and it appeared that the respondents' reporting of the immunizations received and, in particular, the number of doses was under reported. As a result, it was decided that the immunization levels are not reported because of the strong potential for biased estimates),  Anthropometry.

Topic Classifications

Household members
Water and sanitation
Household characteristics
Child labour
Child discipline
Salt iodization
Women's background
Child mortality
Maternal and newborn health
Marriage and union
Attitudes towards domestic violence
Cigarette smoking
Hemoglobin test
Children's background
Birth registration
Early learning
Child development
Care of illness


Geographic Coverage

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


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)

State Department of Statistics of Georgia
National Center for Disease Control

Other Producers

SDS - State Department of Statistics of Georgia : Technical implementation and supervision
NCDC - National Center for Disease Control : Technical implementation and supervision
UNICEF/CO - UNICEF, Georgia Country Office (UNICEF): Technical assistance
UNICEF/MICS coord./Region - UNICEF Regional MICS coordinator (UNICEF): International technical assistance
UNICEF/M&E/Region - UNICEF Regional M&E officer (UNICEF): International technical assistance
UNICEF/SIS/DPP/NYHQ - Strategic Information Section, Division of Policy and Planning, UNICEF NYHQ (UNICEF): International technical assistance


UNICEF - UNICEF : Funding of survey implementation
UNICEF - UNICEF : Funding of survey implementation
OECD - Organisation for economic co-operation and development : Financial and technical support in data archiving

Other Acknowledgements

Croft, Trevor (Blancroft Research International): Consultancy for producing a clean dataset and final tables
Unalan,Turgay: Consultancy for finalization of the final MICS report for Georgia
Sullivan, Kevin: Consultancy for preparing data tables, preparation of draft analysis and organizing a seminar for discussing the draft with relevant stakeholders
Turner, Tony: Consultancy for sampling and data weighting

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

SMMRI - Bjelic, Ivana (Strategic Marketing): Data producer and customization of generic template
TNC - Croft, Trevor (Blancroft Research International): Producer of generic example
UNICEF - Holmberg, Emma (UNICEF): Customization of the Georgia MICS3 Archive for childinfo.org

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version

Georgia MICS 2005 v0.1

DDI Document ID

Generated: APR-26-2009 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit