The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, Round 4 (MICS4) is the forth round of MICS surveys, previously conducted around 1995 (MICS1), 2000 (MICS2), and 2005-2007 (MICS3). MICS was originally developed to support countries measure progress towards an internationally agreed set of goals that emerged from the 1990 World Summit for Children.
The fourth round of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS4) is scheduled for 2009-2011 and survey results are expected to be available from 2010 onwards. MICS4 data allow countries to better monitor progress toward national goals and global commitments, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the target year 2015 approaches.
Information on more than 20 of the MDG indicators is being collected through MICS4, offering one of the largest single sources of data for MDG monitoring. MICS4 continues to address emerging issues and new areas of interest, with validated, standard methodologies in collecting relevant data. It also helps countries capture rapid changes in key indicators.
This survey represents the fourth round of the Multiple Cluster Indicator Survey (MICS4) carried out in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon. MICS4 surveys have been conducted in around fifty countries throughout the world. The objective of the survey is to provide up-to-date information for assessing the situation of children and women in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon, which will be used for monitoring progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and the goals of A World Fit for Children (WFFC).
Unit of Analysis
The scope of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey includes:
- Household: Household Listing Form, Education, Water and Sanitation, Household Characteristics, Child Labour, Child Discipline, Handwashing, Salt Iodization and Water Testing.
- Women: Women's Background, Marriage, Child Mortality (with Birth history), HIV/AIDS, Desire for Last Birth, Maternal and Newborn Health, Illness Symptoms, Contraception, Unmet Need, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, and Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence.
- Children under five: Age, Birth Registration, Early Childhood Development, Breastfeeding, Care of Illness, Immunization, and Anthropometry.
Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon
Producers and sponsors
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
United Nations Children's Fund
United Nations Children's Fund
Financial and technical support
The sample size reached 5,190 households spread over five geographic areas.
The response rate for households reached 98%. For women age 15-49, the response rate was 98%. And 100% response rate for children under five.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data was collected by 14 teams. Each team was composed of 3-4 interviewers, one supervisor, a measurer, and a field editor.
The questionnaires for the Generic MICS were structured questionnaires based on the MICS4 model questionnaire with some modifications and additions. Household questionnaires were administered to a knowledgeable adult living in the household. The household questionnaire includes Household Listing Form, Education, Water and Sanitation, Household Characteristics, Child Labour, Child Discipline, Handwashing, Salt Iodization and Water Testing.
In addition to a household questionnaire, the Questionnaire for Individual Women was administered to all women aged 15-49 years living in the households. The women's questionnaire includes Women's Background, Marriage, Child Mortality (with Birth history), HIV/AIDS, Desire for Last Birth, Maternal and Newborn Health, Illness Symptoms, Contraception, Unmet Need, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, and Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence.
The Questionnaire for Children Under-Five was administered to mothers or caretakers of children under 5 years of age living in the households. The children's questionnaire includes Age, Birth Registration, Early Childhood Development, Breastfeeding, Care of Illness, Immunization, and Anthropometry.
Data was processed using the Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro). In order to ensure quality control, all questionnaires were double entered and internal consistency checks were performed. Procedures and standard programs developed under the global MICS4 programme and adapted to the Lebanon (Palestinians) questionnaires were used throughout. Data entry began in June 2011 and was concluded in July 2011. Data processing ended in October 2011, and overall data quality was assessed in November 2011. Data were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software program, Version 19, and the model syntax and tabulation plans developed by UNICEF were used for this purpose.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, United Nations Children's Fund. Lebanon Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2011, Palestinian Camps. Ref. WBG_LBN_2011_MICS-P_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
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