Organized over 4 days during 2-6 June 2018, the consultation tackled key topics, including new developments in MICS methodology, issues related to data quality and enhancing quality assurance processes, further analysis of MICS data, and future directions of the programme, among others. Several new and exciting initiatives, such as the high frequency surveys, the MICS Tabulator, a new way of monitoring fieldwork on a weekly and per interviewer basis, and new modules that are being developed, such as time-use of children and post-emergency module, were the subjects of discussions among participants from New York Headquarters, and the Panama, Dakar, Geneva, Nairobi, Kathmandu, Amman and Bangkok Regional Office of UNICEF.
The consultation marked the 10th anniversary of the Global MICS Consultations, which started in 2008. The 14th consultation came at a critical time where the first results of MICS6 surveys and hence the first impressions of the performance of the technical support system and survey implementation were available for intensive discussions. Discussions at the consultation will serve as the basis of many new developments and important new directions for the programme which will be released in the coming months.