30 December 2009

MICS Compiler by UNICEF

MICS Compiler, a new website by UNICEF, provides easy access to data from Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), nationally representative household surveys that are carried out with support from UNICEF. The site is similar to STATcompiler, which offers data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS).

MICS Compiler was launched with data from 26 surveys conducted in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean between 2005 and 2007. Estimates are available for 39 indicators in ten areas.
  1. Survey information
  2. Child mortality
  3. Nutrition
  4. Child health
  5. Environment
  6. Reproductive health
  7. Child development
  8. Education
  9. Child protection
  10. HIV/AIDS, sexual behavior, and orphaned and vulnerable children
Access to the data requires two steps. In the first step, users of MICS Compiler must select one or more surveys. In the second step, the indicators are selected. The results are presented in tables or graphs. As an example, the screenshot below shows a graph with the female youth literacy rate in 21 countries.

MICS Compiler by UNICEF: Female youth literacy rate in 21 countries, 2005-2006
MICS Compiler screenshot with female youth literacy rate

At present, the female youth literacy rate is the only indicator listed in the area of education but the MICS for All blog has announced plans to expand MICS Compiler with data for more indicators and more surveys. There are also plans for adding a mapping function, similar to the DHS STATmapper.

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Friedrich Huebler, 30 December 2009, Creative Commons License
Permanent URL: http://huebler.blogspot.com/2009/12/mics.html

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