In 2021, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) programme began the MICS Geographic Information System (GIS) Initiative to make geospatial data available for as many surveys as possible and thus enable further analysis of MICS data in the context of location. The MICS GIS Initiative is a result of a fruitful partnering effort developed between the MICS programme and UNICEF’s internal geospatial capacity.
The overarching goal is to mainstream the MICS GIS Initiative into the regular MICS programme as part of the 7th round of MICS, launching in 2023. In the run-up to a full-scale roll-out, the MICS programme is currently testing tools and methods at a country level collaborating with a few National Statistics Offices (NSOs) to put already existing data to use.
Once the testing phase is completed, the MICS GIS Initiative will no longer be considered as an Initiative and will be fully integrated into the MICS programme. It is expected that the first version of the QGIS MICS plugin - an application built in QGIS, an open source processing tool for geographic data - will become publicly available later in 2022, along with associated manuals and guidance. Prior to the launch of the 7th round of MICS, the full package of other MICS tools will undergo substantial revision to embed geocoding throughout. The MICS website will also be upgraded to host data and the spatial data repository.
The Global MICS Team will continue to update on the roll-out of the MICS GIS in upcoming news.