Viet Nam Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2006 - MICS3



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.

ID Number



Version Description

Version 1.0: edited data used for final report (2006)



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 Viet Nam Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey provides valuable information on the situation of children and women in Viet Nam, and was based, in large part, on the needs to monitor progress towards goals and targets emanating from recent international agreements: the Millennium Declaration, adopted by all 191 United Nations Member States in September 2000, and the Plan of Action of A World Fit For Children, adopted by 189 Member States at the United Nations Special Session on Children in May 2002. Both of these commitments build upon promises made by the international community at the 1990 World Summit for Children.

Survey Objectives:

The 2006 Viet Nam Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has as its primary objectives:

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

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

To provide valuable information for the 3rd and 4th National Report of Vietnam's implementation of the Convention on the child rights in the period 2002-2007 as well as for monitoring the National Plan of Action for Children 2001-2010.  

To contribute to the improvement of data and monitoring systems in Viet Nam and to strengthen technical expertise in the design, implementation, and analysis of such systems.

Survey Content

Following the MICS global questionnaire templates, the questionnaires were designed in a modular fashion customized to the needs of Viet Nam.  The questionnaires 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).  

Survey Implementation

The Viet Nam Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was carried by General Statistics Office of Viet Nam (GSO) in collaboration with Viet Nam Committee for Population, Family and Children (VCPFC). Financial and technical support was provided by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Technical assistance and training for the survey was provided through a series of regional workshops organised by UNICEF 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 Viet Nam Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey included the following modules in the questionnaires:

The Household Questionnaire included the following modules: Household listing, Education, Water and Sanitation, Household characteristics, Child Labour, Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Net (ITN), Child Discipline, Child Disability and Maternal Mortality

The Questionnaire for Individual Womenincluded the following modules:  Child Mortality, Tetanus Toxoid, Maternal and Newborn Health, Marriage/Union, Contraception, HIV/AIDS and Attitudes toward Domestic Violence

The Questionnaire for Children Under Five  included the following modules: Birth Registration and Early Learning, Vitamin A, Breastfeeding, Care of Illness, Immunization, Malaria and Child Development


MICS3 (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 3)

Topic Classifications

Child mortality
Nutrition Status
Salt iodization
Low birth weight
Tetanus toxoid
Care of illness
Solid fuel use
Water and Sanitation
Maternal and newborn health
Child development
Birth registration
Child labour
Child discipline
Early marriage
Domestic violence


Geographic Coverage

The survey is nationally representative and covers the whole of Viet Nam.


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)

Social and Environmental Statistics Department

Other Producers

GSO - General Statistics Office of Viet Nam : Survey conductor and report developer


UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund : Technical and Financial Support

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

GSO - Social and Environmental Statistics Department, General Statistics Office of Viet Nam : Producer of Viet Nam MICS archive
Rhiannon James (UNICEF): Customisation of Viet Nam MICS archive for childinfo.org

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version

MICS 2006 Viet Nam v0.2

DDI Document ID

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