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The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS): Read the FAQs and Get Ready

by Lou-Ann Jordan Aug 5, 2019

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Every couple of years it takes places—a nationwide survey or census of some sort.  We know that it involves strangers appearing at our doors, asking questions that we understand are important.  However, many people are unable to shake their scepticism.

We get you, and for the upcoming Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) we want to help you prepare.  Undoubtedly, the cooperation of the public is especially significant for the success of national surveys.  Therefore, it’s crucial that we all understand the basics of the upcoming MICS.

In this article, we’ll address some of the FAQs about the survey.  Let’s begin.

Surveys and censuses are they the same thing?

There is a variation in the two terms. A census involves collecting information from the entire population of the country.  However, a survey entails data collection from a sample of the population. 

Key point: The MICS will focus on children, adolescents and women.

Why are national surveys important?

National survey provides local governing bodies with specific demographic data on our country—it’s like a snapshot of our towns, boroughs and municipalities. It defines who we are as a nation within set parameters.  As such, a nationwide survey may be undergone to collect statistical data on literacy and education among males, females or children.

The information collected is crucial as it helps the governing bodies in determining areas on which to focus and invest resources.

Key point: The MICS collates data on households specifically looking at women and children, and it covers a vast array of topics: clean water access, sanitation and hygiene, water quality, energy use, reproductive health, child mortality and much more.

Why is the MICS necessary?

The Ministry of Planning and Development advises that data acquired from the MICS will help identify societal inequities and disparities.  In turn, this will enable the establishment of policies made based on accurate evidence. Additionally, the data collected will be comparable to international standards. 

What are the areas to be covered in the MICS?

The data collected by the MICS will include:

  • Demographic characteristics.    
  • Literacy and education.
  • Clean water access.
  • Sanitation and hygiene.
  • Water quality.
  • Energy use.
  • Reproductive health.
  • Child mortality.
  • Nutrition.
  • Child health/development/protection/functioning.
  • Victimisation.
  • Social transfers.
  • Subjective well-being.
  • Mass media and information and communication technology (ICT).
  • Tobacco usage and alcohol consumption.
  • HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviour.

Who will administer the MICS?

The Central Statistical Office (CSO) will administer the survey.  Trained field staff will conduct the study for three months beginning in September 2019.

Who will be the focus of the survey?

Statistical data collection will focus on children, adolescents, women and households in Trinidad and Tobago. More precisely, CSO will use a representative sample of 7200 households identified throughout the country.  

Will the information be protected?

The information collected by the CSO’s trained field enumerators will be kept private. All CSO personnel are required to take an oath of secrecy to protect the data collected from participants.  As such, disclosure of ‘guarded’ data is an illegal act and results in a fine. 

Your participation is vital in making the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey a successful venture. 

For more information on the MICS visit the Central Statistical Office website or visit them on Facebook.

Sources: Ministry of Planning & Development (CSO), Your Vote Your Voice and The University of Alabama