Jamaica Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 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). However, this is the second round for Jamaica, the first was done in  2000. 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.

ID Number



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.

Survey Objectives 

The 2005 Jamaica  Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has as its primary objectives:

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

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 Jamaica 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 STATIN 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 members 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 Jamaica Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey included the following modules in the questionnaires:

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

WOMEN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Women's characteristics, child mortality, 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, breastfeeding, care of illness plus  source and cost of  oral rehydration salts (ORS) and antibiotics, immunization and child development.

Topic Classifications

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


Geographic Coverage

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


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)

Statistical Institute Of Jamaica (Office of the Prime Minister)

Other Producers

STATIN - Statistical Institute Of Jamaica (Office of the Prime Minister): Technical implementation and supervision
UNICEF - UNICEF, Jamaica Office (UNICEF): Technical assistance


UNICEF - UNICEF : Funding of survey implementation
UNESCO - UNESCO : Funding of survey implementation
UNDP - UNDP : Funding of survey implementation
UNAIDS - UNAIDS : Funding of survey implementation

Other Acknowledgements

ECC (Early Childhood Commission): Steering Committee
PIOJ (Planning Institute of Jamaica): Steering Committee
SALISES (University of the West Indies): Steering Committee
UNFPA (UNFPA): Steering Committee
PAHO (PAHO): Steering Committee
CDA (CDA): Steering Committee
MOH (Ministry of Health): Steering Committee and training
STATIN (Statistical Institute of Jamaica): Data collection and survey management
OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development): Financial and Technical Support in Data Archiving

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

STATIN - Gaynor, Avery (Statistical Institute of Jamaica, Office of the Prime Minister): Producer of Jamaica MICS3 Archive
STATIN - Forbes, Douglas (Statistical Institute of Jamaica, Office of the Prime Minister): Producer of Jamaica MICS3 Archive
UNICEF - James, Rhiannon (UNICEF): Adaption of Jamaica MICS3 archive for childinfo.org

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version


DDI Document ID

Generated: MAR-03-2008 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit