Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys
Survey Design Workshop
MICS Technical Assistance
MICS Survey Design Workshop
To go through the MICS steps and identify the
technical assistance that will be provided by
the Global MICS Team at each critical survey
To provide a reference tool for survey managers
of review processes in MICS.
Definitions and workflow
The Global MICS Team includes Regional Office (RO) and
Headquarters (HQ) UNICEF Staff and consultants involved in
managing and providing technical assistance (TA) to MICS surveys.
All TA to an individual survey is managed from a UNICEF RO. All
but the final review of survey tools, documents, and processes are
conducted by the UNICEF RO.
The final review is always conducted by the MICS Team in UNICEF
HQ. Where possible, the UNICEF RO and HQ will seek to deliver a
final consolidated review.
Step 1: Data Assessment
Discussions / Analysis in country to determine if a MICS is
required based on existing data gaps and needs of
disaggregated /equity-sensitive data
Discussions between UNICEF Country Office (CO), Regional
Office (RO), and Headquarters (HQ)
Decision in the country made on whether to conduct MICS and
scope of the survey
Draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) produced
Step 2: Survey Design Workshop
The survey team including survey managers from
the country participate in the MICS Survey Design
Workshop together with survey teams from other
Discussions are held with the Global MICS Team and
regional office consultants (sample, survey content,
timing, etc.) during the workshop
Step 3: Survey Plan and Budget
Using MICS templates, the Country Survey Plan and Budget (drafted at the
workshop) and the MoU finalised by the implementing partner in
consultation with UNICEF Country Office
Shared with UNICEF Regional Office for review.
Global MICS Team Consolidated feedback provided
(within 7 days)
Survey Plan and Budget and MoU finalised
Step 4: Human Resources
Identification and
recruitment of
survey personnel i.e.
survey coordinator
(from implementing
partner) and UNICEF
MICS consultant at
the country level
UNICEF Regional
Office supports the
recruitment of the
MICS consultant
(sharing generic ToR
template, names of
potential candidates,
and supporting the
Step 5: Survey Committees
Steering and
established at
the country
Template ToRs
developed by
Global MICs
Team and
provided by
Regional Office
Step 6: Questionnaire Design
Draft questionnaires based on standard MICS Questionnaires are
customised at country level
Review by RO, feedback provided (within 2 weeks)
Final draft of questionnaires produced
Consolidated review by Global MICS team
(within 2 weeks)
Questionnaires are finalised for translation
Step 7: Translation
Questionnaires and Instructions for Fieldwork Staff
translated into local language(s)
Back translation organised at country level.
Back translation is reviewed by RO
Questionnaires are finalised for pretest
Step 8: Sampling
Design of sample in country
Preparation of the sample weights
calculation template
Country sends sample design and sample weight
calculation template to RO for review (within 2 weeks)
Final review by Global MICS team
(within 2 weeks)
Selection of sample
Step 9: Supplies
Based on the content of the questionnaires and
size of sample, quantity of supplies is
determined at the country level
Consultation with RO for advice on procurement
of recommended supplies.
Supplies ordered by CO
Step 10: Listing
Based on the sample selection and according to
the listing manual, the implementing agency
conducts household listing and selection in
sampled clusters.
Regional Sampling Expert Consultant reviews
household selection.
Step 11: Pre-test of Questionnaires
Conducted after
training in the
Pre-test report is
produced in the
Assistance from a
household survey
expert mobilised
by RO as needed
review by Global
MICS team
(within 1 week)
Step 12: Finalising the Questionnaire
Based on results of pretest,
the questionnaires are finalised
Consolidated review by Global MICS team
(within 1 week)
Final questionnaires produced in country
Step 13: Data Processing Programmes
RO mobilises a
regional data
processing expert to
provide technical
assistance in
Data processing staff trained
on customising data entry template
at the MICS Data Processing Workshop
Data entry template completed in country and sent to
RO for review (within 2 weeks)
Consolidated review by Global MICS team
(within 2 weeks)
Data entry template finalised
Step 14: Field Staff Training & Pilot
2-5 weeks
field staff
conducted in
the country
followed by
pilot test
Assistance from a
regional household
survey expert
mobilised by RO to
support the
Step 15: Field Work
Assistance from a regional
household survey expert
mobilised by RO to
support and monitor field
work (in particular during
the early stages)
Step 16: Data Entry
Data Entry
Assistance from regional data
processing consultant
mobilised by RO to set up data
entry system, support data
entry, and produce field check
Field Check Tables produced in
country and shared with RO
(every week)
Step 17: Creating Analysis Files
RO mobilises
Data editing and cleaning conducted. Sampling
regional data
weights finalised and appended to the SPSS analysis files
expert to
provide technical
assistance in
CSPro files, SPSS syntaxes and datasets shared with RO for
review and feedback (within 2 weeks)
Consolidated review by Global MICS team (within 2 weeks)
Final data sets produced ready for tabulation
Step 18: Data Analysis & Tabulation
RO mobilises
survey expert
to provide
assistance in
country as
Data analysis and complete set of tables produced
Tabulations shared with RO for comparative review.
(within 2 weeks)
Country adapts tabulations based on feedback and
share for consolidated review and feedback by
Global MICS Team (within 2 weeks)
Final tabulations produced for Summary Findings
Step 19: Summary Findings Report
Draft summary findings report produced in country
Draft shared with RO for consolidated review and feedback by
Global MICS team (within 7 days)
Summary Findings Report finalised and shared with RO for
Global Dissemination at childinfo.org
Step 20: Third Workshop
Country survey teams participate in the MICS
Data Dissemination and Further Analysis
Workshop to review findings with global and
regional experts.
A draft dissemination and further analysis plan
is developed during the workshop.
Step 21: Report Writing
RO mobilises
survey expert
to provide
support in
country as
Due to MDG
additional TA is
provided to
anticipated to
not complete
the report in 12
months after
data collection
Draft of final main report produced
Draft shared with RO for review
(Feedback provided within 2 weeks)
Draft shared with RO for Global MICS Team HQ
consolidated review and feedback (within 2 weeks)
Main Report finalised
Step 22: Printing
Print ready version sent to RO
for final feedback
(within 7 days)
Report Printed
(Hard copies sent to RO and HQ)
pdf version shared with RO for Global dissemination
at childinfo.org
Step 23: Data Sharing
With support from RO/HQ, anonymisation of datasets
is performed.
A set of standard variables are added to datasets along
with any necessary notes on using the data and
contact information of the implementing agency.
Datasets are uploaded to childinfo.org
Step 24: Completion of Archiving
with IHSN to
consultant to
support in
country as
MICS Survey Archive completed and data
Archives shared with RO for review.
Consolidated feedback by Global MICS team
provided (within 2 weeks)
Archive finalised and uploaded to childinfo
Step 25: Dissemination
MICS dissemination
activities with
assistance from
MICS Dissemination
templates made
available by Global
MCS Team
Support provided
from RO and HQ as
Step 26: Further Analysis
MICS Further
planned in
with other
Support provided
by RO and HQ as

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