A comprehensive set of tools guide survey teams through every step of the MICS process – from overall planning, design and data collection in the field to data processing, analysis, interpretation, documentation and dissemination.

design survey
Guidelines and templates facilitate planning and design of surveys and help avoid pitfalls in implementation

The design of a MICS survey will depend on an initial assessment of data needed for national and subnational monitoring priorities. The Global MICS Team, together with UNICEF’s country offices, support governments to undertake a meticulous data gap assessment, especially with respect to the type of data a MICS survey could produce. During the planning and design stages, a governing structure is established, including the formation of steering and technical committees that oversee implementation. Once the preparation of the country survey plan and survey budget are completed, fundraising activities can be carried out in a more formal manner.

The global MICS programme provides templates to support implementing agencies in identifying needed personnel, supplies and equipment and to draw up a timetable. Other tools are intended to support the customization of standard questionnaires to a national context,  estimation of an appropriate sample design and size that will be representative, and listing and mapping of households in the sample.

Planning the survey

MICS6 Survey Planning Tools

Survey Plan Template (6 March 2017)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian 

Survey Plan Template - Appendix A Budget Calculations Template (6 March 2017)

English   French  Spanish   Arabic  Russian

Survey Plan Template - Appendix B Protection Protocol (25 October 2016)

English  French  Spanish   Arabic  Russian

Supply Procurement Instructions (6 September 2017)
Listing and Fieldwork Duration, Staff and Supply Estimates Template (10 January 2018)

           English  French  Spanish  Arabic   Russian


Terms of Reference for Steering Committee Template
(14 October 2016)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian

Terms of Reference for Technical Committee Template (14 October 2016)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian

Terms of Reference for National MICS Consultant Template (28 February 2017)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian

Memorandum of Understanding (11 May 2017)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian 

Memorandum of Understanding - Appendix Technical Collaboration (24 May 2017)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian 



MICS6 Sampling Tools

MICS Sample Size Calculation Template (26 May 2017)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian

MICS Systematic Random Selection of Households Template (8 December 2017)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian

MICS Sample Weight Calculation Template (13 August 2018)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian




Questionnaires and indicator list

MICS6 Questionnaires

Changes to MICS6 Questionnaires (6 September 2018)
MICS6 Questionnaires and Modules (4 June 2018)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian  Chinese

Household Questionnaire (6 September 2018)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian  Chinese

Questionnaire for Individual Women (4 June 2018)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian  Chinese

Questionnaire for Individual Men (6 September 2018)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian  Chinese

GPS Data Collection Questionnaire (7 February 2017)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Chinese

Questionnaire for Children Under Five (4 June 2018)
English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian  Chinese
Questionnaire for Children Age 5-17 (4 June 2018)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian  Chinese

Questionnaire Form for Vaccination Records at Health Facility 
(4 June 2018)
Water Quality Testing Questionnaire (4 June 2018)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian  Chinese

Guidelines for the Customisation of MICS6 Questionnaires
(6 September 2018)

English  Spanish  Arabic  Russian


MICS6 Indicator List

MICS6 Indicators and Definitions (6 September 2018)


Preparing for fieldwork

MICS6 Fieldwork Preparation Tools

Pre-test Report Template and CAPI Test Checklist (5 May 2017)

English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian

Main Fieldwork Training - Recommendations and Template Agenda (20 September 2017)

English  Spanish  Arabic   Russian




Data Collection Tools 2
Fieldwork teams are trained and deployed to sampled clusters of households

Depending on the sample size and the time allocated to undertake a survey, required numbers of fieldwork teams receive training in the administration of customized questionnaires used in the survey, utilization of digital technology for data collection, as well as on fieldwork procedures. The MICS programme recommends at least four weeks of training, supported by a regional expert as needed.

Fieldwork is usually completed within two to four months. Each survey team has a supervisor who oversees day-to-day operations and troubleshoots problems. Interviewers conduct face-to-face interviews with eligible respondents using tablets. Fieldwork teams also include a measurer, who is equipped and trained to measure the weights and heights of children under 5, assisted by a second team member. If a Water Quality Testing Questionnaire is included, the measurer is also responsible for water quality testing and completion of the questionnaire. Fieldwork teams use a number of tools and guidelines for quality assurance purposes – these include questionnaire editing guidelines and detailed instructions for all fieldwork team members.

Conducting fieldwork

MICS Manual for Water Quality Testing (23 May 2017)

           English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian

MICS Manual for Anthropometry (7 March 2017)

           English  French  Spanish  Arabic  Russian

Pictorials - WHO Household Energy Use Catalogue (September 2016)


Pictorials - JMP WHO/UNICEF Water and Sanitation (June 2005) 


MICS6 Instructions for Interviewers (6 September 2018)

           English  Spanish  Russian


Monitoring fieldwork


MICS Field Check Tables (9 August 2017)

           English  French  Russian

process data
Manuals explain step-by-step how data should be processed and edited; programs and templates are provided for entering, editing and tabulating data

Data processing tools for editing and processing data are customized by survey teams to reflect the customization that other survey tools have undergone – such as the questionnaires. Much of this work is carried out during the MICS data processing workshop. 

Data from completed questionnaires are regularly shared with the centralised office. Field check tables are tabulated and continuous feedback is provided on the overall process and the progress of individual interviewers. 

Standard MICS CAPI applications

Manual and data editing guidelines

Once all data are edited and considered ready for analysis, computer programs advance the process to the final results phase

For each topical area, computerised tabulation programs are provided. These are customised according to individual country questionnaires. Sample weights are added to the data and additional background variables – related to household characteristics, level of education, and wealth – are constructed. While finalizing the datasets, various techniques are employed to guarantee the anonymity of the data, to ensure the confidentiality of participating individuals and households.  

Tabulation plan


Tabulation Plan by Topic

Changes to MICS6 Tabulation Plan (7 September 2018) 

Sample Coverage and Characteristics of Respondents
7 September 2018) 

Survive (7 September 2018) 

Thrive - Reproductive and Maternal Health
(7 September 2018) 

Thrive - Child health, Nutrition and Development
(7 September 2018) 




Learn (7 September 2018) 

Protected from Violence and Exploitation (7 September 2018)

Live in a Safe and Clean Environment (7 September 2018) 

Equitable Chance in Life (7 September 2018) 

Estimates of Sampling Errors (7 September 2018) 

Data Quality (7 September 2018)

SPSS syntax files

write report
Templates are provided for the survey findings report

Soon after the tabulations are finalized, survey teams start work on reporting. Interpretation of the findings and drafting of the survey findings report are facilitated in a third MICS workshop – on data interpretation, further analysis and dissemination. Later, the draft survey findings report goes to national committees for review and finalization. The draft survey findings report is also reviewed by UNICEF at regional offices and at headquarters. 

Model reports

Survey Findings Report (7 September 2018)



Final report cover template and instructions

Survey Findings Report Cover Template Instructions
(6 September 2018)


Survey Findings Report Cover Template 
(6 September 2018)