Sampling Procedure

The sample for the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Palestinian Refugee Camps and Gatherings in Lebanon was designed to provide estimates on a large number of indicators on the situation of children and women at the geographical area and camp/gathering level, for urban and rural areas, and for 12 camps and 12 gatherings in 5 geographical areas. With this design we could monitor a large number of women and children indicators at the geographical area and camp level for urban and rural areas.

The sample population (based on the Palestinian Refugee Camps and Gatherings in Lebanon Census of 1999) was divided into equal clusters each containing 20 households (totaling 1300 clusters). Sample clusters (310 clusters, i.e. 6200 households) were drawn with uniformity, random start and a sampling fraction of 0.25.

Deviation from Sample Design

No major deviations from the original sample design were made.  All sample enumeration areas were accessed and successfully interviewed with good response rates.

Response Rates

The response rate of households, mothers and children was remarkably high. Of the 6200 households selected for the sample, only 33 households could not be interviewed thus making the household response rate 99.5 percent.

In the interviewed households, 4001 ever married women (age 15-49) were identified. Of these, 3955 were successfully interviewed, yielding a response rate of 98.9 percent. In addition, 2431 children under age five were listed in the household questionnaire. Questionnaires were completed for 2381 of these children, which corresponds to a response rate of 97.9 percent.


Sample is self-weighted, and sample weights were not used for analysis. In order to make possible usage of syntax files developed for global MICS project in all data files there are variables for sample weight and their value is set to 1.
Generated: OCT-21-2009 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit