Iraq Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2006


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.

The 2006 Iraq Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has as its primary objectives:

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

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

To contribute to the improvement of data and monitoring systems in Iraq 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 was customized to the needs of the 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 Central Organization for Statistics and Information Technology (COSIT), the Kurdistan Region Statistics Office (KRSO) and Suleimaniya Statistical Directorate (SSD), in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH). The survey also received support and assistance of UNICEF and other partners.  Technical assistance and training for the surveys was 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 Iraq 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, Salt Iodization

WOMEN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Marriage, Child Mortality, Birth History, Tetanus Toxoid, Maternal and Newborn Health, Contraception and Unmet Need, Attitude Towards Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS

CHILDREN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Birth Registration and Early Learning, Vitamin A, Breastfeeding, 	Care of Illness, Immunization, Anthropometry

Topic Classifications

Household members
Water and sanitation
Household characteristics
Child labour
Child discipline
Salt iodization
Women's background
Marriage and union
Child mortality
Birth History
Tetanus toxoid
Maternal and newborn health
Contraception and unmet need
Attitudes towards domestic violence
Children's background
Birth registration
Early learning
Vitamin A
Care of illness


Geographic Coverage

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


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.

The survey also includes a full birth history listing all chuldren ever born to ever-married women age 15-49 years.

Producers and Sponsors

Primary Investigator(s)

The Central Organization for Statistics and Information Technology /The Kurdistan Region Statistics Office
The Suleimaniya Statistical Directorate
The Ministry of Health

Other Producers

UNICEF/CO - UNICEF, Iraq Country Office (UNICEF): Technical assistance
UNICEF/SIS/DPP/NYHQ - Strategic Information Section, Division of Policy and Planning, UNICEF NYHQ (UNICEF): International technical assistance
PAPFAM - The Pan Arab Project for Family Health (League of Arab States): International technical assistance
PAPFAM - Measure DHS/ORC MACRO (League of Arab States): International technical assistance
MoH, MoE, MoLSA, MMPW - Government Steering Commitee : Technical assistance
WHO/UNFPA/WFP - UN Steering Commitee : Technical assistance


CIDA - Canadian International Development Agency

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

TNC - Croft, Trevor (Blancroft Research International): Producer of generic MICS example
James, Rhiannon (UNICEF): Producer of Iraq MICS archive for UNICEF childinfo.org

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version

Iraq MICS 2006 UNICEF v0.1

DDI Document ID

Generated: MAR-10-2008 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit