Since its inception in 1995, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, known as MICS, has become the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide. In countries as diverse as Costa Rica, Mali and Qatar, trained fieldwork teams conduct face-to-face interviews with household members on a variety of topics – focusing mainly on those issues that directly affect the lives of children and women. MICS has been a major source of data on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) indicators and will be a major data source in the post-2015 era.
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, Round 5 (MICS5) is the fifth round of MICS surveys, previously conducted around 1995 (MICS1), 2000 (MICS2), 2005-2007 (MICS3) and 2009-2011 (MICS4). MICS was originally developed to support countries measure progress towards an internationally agreed set of goals that emerged from the 1990 World Summit for Children.
The fifth round of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS5) is scheduled for 2013-2016 and survey results are expected to be available from 2015 onwards. Data collected in MICS5 will play a critical role in the final assessment of the MDGs in September 2015 and subsequent surveys in MICS6 will provide the baselines for the Sustainable Development Goals that will follow.
Information on more than 130 internationally agreed-upon indicators is being collected through MICS5. In addition to collecting information on intervention coverage, MICS also explores knowledge of and attitudes to certain topics, and specific behaviors of women, men and children, enabling analysts to gain insights into behaviours that may affect women’s and children’s lives. MICS routinely disaggregates data so that disparities associated with age, gender, education, wealth, location of residence, ethnicity and other characteristics are revealed.
The Belize Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was carried out in 2015 by the Statistical Institute of Belize in collaboration with the Government of Belize and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as part of the global MICS programme. Technical support was provided by UNICEF, UNDP and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator.
The global MICS programme was developed by UNICEF in the 1990s as an international household survey programme to collect internationally comparable data on a wide range of indicators on the situation of children and women. MICS surveys measure key indicators that allow countries to generate data for use in policies and programmes, setting the baseline for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other internationally agreed upon commitments.
The objective of this report is to facilitate the timely dissemination and use of results from the Belize MICS5 prior to the release of full tables and the final survey report that will contain detailed information on all survey findings by various demographic, social, economic and cultural characteristics.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
- v01: Edited, anonymous datasets for public distribution.
The scope of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey includes:
- Child mortality
- Child health
- Water and sanitation
- Reproductive health
- Child development
- Literacy and education
- Child protection
- HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviour
- Access to mass media and ICT
- Subjective well-being
- Tobacco and alcohol use
The survey covered all de jure household members (usual residents), all women aged between 15-49 years, all men aged between 15-49 years, and all children under 5 living in the household.
Producers and sponsors
United Nations Children’s Fund
Statistical Institute of Belize
United Nations International Children's Fund
United Nations Development Programme
Government of Belize
United Nations International Children's Fund
Of the 5,242 households, 4,900 were found to be occupied. Of these, 4,636 were successfully interviewed for a household response rate of 94.6 percent.
In the interviewed households 5,095 women were identified. Of these, 4,699 were successfully interviewed, yielding a response rate of 92.2 percent within the interviewed households.
In the interviewed households 4,351 men were identified. Of these, 3,573 were successfully interviewed, yielding a response rate of 82.1 percent within the interviewed households.
There were 2,657 children under age five listed in the household questionnaires. Questionnaires were completed for 2,537 of these children, which corresponds to a response rate of 95.5 percent within interviewed households.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Users of the data agree to keep confidential all data contained in these datasets and to make no attempt to identify, trace or contact any individual whose data is included in these datasets.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download.
United Nations Children’s Fund, Statistical Institute of Belize. Belize Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2015-2016, Ref. BLZ_2015_MICS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
Location of Data Collection
Archive where study is originally stored
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
Development Data Group
The World Bank
Documentation of the DDI
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (February 2017).
Version 02 (August 2019). This version is identical to version 01 except the datasets were added and documented.