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Last update: May 2011



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Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys - Round 4

The fourth round of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) is scheduled for 2009-2011 and survey results are expected to be available from 2010 on.  The need for MICS4 is outlined in an Executive Directive (Ex.Dir.CF/EXD/2009-002)


In response to the increased demand for up-to-date, high quality data with which to monitor the situation of children and women around the world, UNICEF now provides assistance to countries to carry out MICS surveys at more frequent intervals - every three years instead of every five years starting with MICS4.


This provides countries with the opportunity to monitor progress toward national goals and global commitments, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the target year 2015 approaches. MICS helps countries capture rapid changes in key indicators and expand the evidence-base for policies and programmes. MICS also continues to address emerging issues and new areas of interest, with validated, standard methodologies in collecting relevant data.


As in previous rounds, the MICS4 questionnaire was developed through consultations with relevant experts from UN organizations, inter-agency monitoring groups and the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Programme. The questionnaire was field tested in a pilot survey carried out in the beginning of 2009. Read more about the pilot survey.

The MICS4 questionnaires, indicator list, manual, and other survey tools are available here.

UNICEF is providing training to carry out surveys through a series of regional workshops. Additional workshop information is available here.