Mongolia 2005 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey


Child Development


MICS - 3

Survey Type

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

Series Information

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, Round 3 (MICS - 3) is the third round of MICS surveys, previously conducted around 1995 (MICS - 1) and 2000 (MICS - 2).  Many questions and indicators are consistent and compatible with the prior round of MICS (MICS - 2) but less so with MICS - 1, although there have been a number of changes in definition of indicators between rounds.  Details can be found by reviewing the indicator definitions.

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Version Description

Version 1.1: edited data used for national report in English

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 survey has been a joint endeavor of the Government of Mongolia and UNICEF to make an in-depth analysis of Mongolia's child and women health, education, livelihood status and right exercises and to assess the progress of implementation of a National Programme for Child Development and Protection (2002-2010). The data will furnish the preparation process of the national reporting to be presented by the Government of Mongolia at the special session of UN regarding the country's implementation of Declaration of the A World Fit for Children. 

Survey Objectives

The primary objectives of “Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey: Child Development 2005-2006” are the following: 

To update the data for assessing the situation of child and women and their right exercises

To furnish the data needed for monitoring progress towards the goals of Millennium Declaration and the WorldFit  for Children as a basis for future  action planning

To contribute to the improvement of data and monitoring systems in Mongolia and strengthen the expertise in the design,  implementation and analytical of these systems.

Survey plans

The Mongolia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey was conducted by the National Statistical Office of Mongolia with the support of the Government of Mongolia and UNICEF. 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)

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 Mongolia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey included the following modules in the questionnaires:

Household questionnaire: Household characteristics, Education, Water and sanitation, Child labour,  Child discipline, Child disability, Household income and Salt Iodization.

Women's questionnaire: Child mortality, Maternal and Infant Health, Marriage, Contraception,  Attitudes towards family violence and HIV/AIDS knowledge 

Children's questionnaire:  Birth registration and pre-schooling, Child development, Vitamin A, Breastfeeding, Care of illness,  Immunization and  Anthropometry

Topic Classifications

Household's characteristics
Household members
Water and sanitation
Child labour
Child discipline
Child disability
Household income
Salt iodization
Women's characteristics
Women listing
Child mortality
Maternal and infant health
Attitudes towards family violence
HIV/AIDS knowledge
Children's characteristics
Child listing
Birth registration and pre-schooling
Child development
Vitamin A
Care of illness
Houshehold Income


Geographic Coverage

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


The survey covered all 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)

National Statistical Office of Mongolia

Other Producers

UNICEF/MNG - UNICEF, Mongolia (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
MoFM - Ministry of Finance of Mongolia : Funding of survey implementation

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

Z.Munkhzul (National Statistical Office of Mongolia): Data producer and customization of the metadata
Daniel Clarke (ESCAP, Microdata Management Project): Review and editing
Rhiannon James (UNICEF): Customisation of Mongolia MICS DDI for childinfo.org

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version

Mongolia MICS 2005 v1.3 (with edits from ESCAP,  Microdata Management Project and UNICEF)

DDI Document ID

Generated: APR-28-2008 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit