Thailand Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey



Survey Type

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

Series Information

The Thailand Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) December 2005 - February 2006 was developed for the first time to collect data on the situation of all children in Thailand to be used as tools in monitoring and evaluation of child development in Thailand.

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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 2006 Thailand Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has as its primary objectives:

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

To furnish data needed for monitoring progress toward goals established by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the goals of A World Fit for Children (WFFC) and other internationally agreed upon goals, as a basis for future action at national and provincial level; and

To contribute to the improvement of data and monitoring systems on the situation of children and women in Thailand and strengthening technical expertise for 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 implemented by the National Statistical Office of Thailand, 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
- Women aged 15-49
- Children under 5 years of age


Description of Scope

The Thailand 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, disability and salt iodization.

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

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


Geographic Coverage

The survey was designed to produce estimates for indicators at the national level, by urban and rural disaggregation, for each of the 4 regions of Thailand (North, Northeast, Central, and South) and by individual province for 26 (out of 76 total) targeted provinces (note: additional data collections were performed for the targeted provinces during March-May 2006; separate results publications for each province are pending).


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)

National Statistical Office of Thailand

Other Producers

Ministry of Social Development & Human Security
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Public Health


UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

Daniel Clarke (ESCAP): Producer of Thailand MICS DDI
Rhiannon James (ESCAP): Adaption of Thailand MICS Archive for UNICEF childinfo.org website

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version

Version 2.0

DDI Document ID

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