Syria Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2006


Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women


MICS 2006

Translated Title

Syria Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (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 such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) indicators. It is a flexible tool that is reasonably inexpensive and relatively quick to implement.


MICS was originally developed in response to the 1990 World Summit for Children to measure progress towards an internationally agreed set of goals.  The first round of MICS was conducted around 1995 in more than 60 countries. A second round of surveys was conducted in 2000 (around 65 surveys), and resulted in an increasing wealth of data to monitor the situation of children and women.  For the first time it was possible to monitor trends in many indicators and set baselines for other indicators.


Information on around 20 of the 48 MDG indicators will be collected in the current round of MICS, offering the largest single source of data for MDG monitoring.  The current round of MICS is thus 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.


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). 

HOUSEHOLD: Household Listing, Education, Water and Sanitation, Household Characteristics, and Child Labour.

WOMEN: Child Mortality, Tetanus Toxoid, Maternal and Newborn Health, Marriage, Contraception, and HIV/AIDS.

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

The surveys are typically carried out by government organizations, 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 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 scope of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey includes:

HOUSEHOLD: Household listing, education, water and sanitation, household characteristics, and child labour.

WOMEN: Women's characteristics, child mortality, tetanus toxoid, maternal and newborn health, marriage, contraception, and HIV/AIDS.

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

Topic Classifications

Household members
Water and sanitation
Household characteristics
Child labour
Women's background
Child mortality
Tetanus toxoid
Maternal and newborn health
Children's background
Birth registration
Early learning
Vitamin A
Care of illness


Geographic Coverage

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


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)

Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)

Other Producers

MoH - Ministry of Health (Health): International technical assistance
UNICEF/SYR - UNICEF, Syria (UNICEF): Technical assistance
PAPFAM - Pan Arab Project For Family Health,PAPFAM/League of Arab States (PAPFAM): International technical assistance
UNICEF/SIS/DPP/NYHQ - Strategic Information Section, Division of Policy and Planning, UNICEF NYHQ (UNICEF): International 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 - UNICEF : Funding of survey implementation

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

CBS - Fahmi Alfaouri (Central Bureau of Statistics): Data producer and customization of Syria Data
CBS - Raghdaa Khattab (Central Bureau of Statistics): Data producer and customization of Syria Data
UNICEF - Croft,Tevor (Blancroft Research International): Data producer and customization of Syria Data
UNICEF - UNICEF, Syria : Customization of generic template
PAPFAM - (Pan Arab Project for Family Health): Customization of generic template
Bjelic,Ivana : Data archiving consultant
UNICEF - Holmberg, Emma (UNICEF): Customization of the Syria MICS3 Archive for childinfo.org

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version

Syria  MICS3 2006 v0.1

DDI Document ID

Generated: MAY-20-2009 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit