MICS surveys should allow countries to better understand their education system and to make informed decisions based on data-driven evidence. Nevertheless, these surveys, as well as other household and administrative sources, are rarely used to their full capacity. In this context, UNICEF launched MICS-Education Analysis for Global Learning and Equity (MICS-EAGLE) with the objective of helping countries make better use of their available data and better understand what their data gaps are.
The MICS-EAGLE Initiative seeks to enhance the use of data generated by MICS6 in order to improve education policies and practices, and thereby achieve better education outcomes for children. Analysis of MICS6 data is critical to better understand the education sector, particularly in measuring and monitoring progress towards SDG4. As a result, by promoting a more robust analysis of MICS data, the MICS-EAGLE initiative should equip countries with better tools for advocacy and evaluation.
Moreover, the MICS-EAGLE initiative aims to adapt to country-specific needs, by offering guidance that consider various aspects of each country’s background. For this, the initiative emphasizes consultation processes with national partners, and customizes data analysis to reflect local needs. MICS-EAGLE will consequently promote a debate that includes various stakeholders, namely UNICEF local and regional offices, national statistic bureaus and ministries of education.