Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2005


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



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 Sierra Leone Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has the following primary objectives:

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

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 Sierra Leone and to strengthen technical expertise in the design and implementation of these systems and analysis of the information they generate.

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 conducted by Statistics Sierra Leone with financial and technical support from UNICEF Sierra Leone 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 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 Sierra Leone Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey included the following modules in the questionnaires:

HOUSEHOLD QUESTIONNAIRE : Household characteristics, household listing, orphaned and vulnerable children, education, child labour, water and sanitation, household use of insecticide treated mosquito nets, and salt iodization,  child discipline, child disability and maternal mortality.

WOMEN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Women's characteristics, child mortality, tetanus toxoid, maternal and newborn health, marriage, female genital cutting, contraception, HIV/AIDS knowledge, domestic violence and sexual behavior.

CHILDREN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Children's characteristics, birth registration and early learning, vitamin A, breastfeeding, care of illness, malaria, immunization, child development and anthropometry.

Topic Classifications

Household Listing
water and Sanitation
Household Characteristics
Insecticide Treated Bednets
Support to children made vulnerabel by HIV/AIDS
Child Labour
Child Discipline
Child Disability
Maternal Mortality
Salt Iodization
Child Mortality
Tetanus Toxoid
Maternal and Newborn health
Female Genital Cutting
Domestic Violence
Sexual behaviour
Birth Registration and early learning
Child Development
Vitamin A
Care of Illness


Geographic Coverage

The survey is nationally representative and covers the whole of Sierra Leone


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)

Statistics Sierra Leone
UNICEF Sierra Leone (UNICEF)

Other Producers

Ministry of Development and Economic Planning Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Ministry of Energy and Power (Water Division) Ministry of Health and Sanitation Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

James, Rhiannon (UNICEF): Producer of UNICEF Sierra Leone archive for childinfo.org
Croft, Trevor (Blancroft Research International): Producer of Generic MICS example archive

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version

Sierra Leone MICS 2005 v0.1

DDI Document ID

Generated: FEB-14-2008 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit