The Bosnia and Herzegovina Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2000 (B&H MICS 2000) is a nationally representative survey of households, women and children (aged 0 – 18 years). The main objectives of the survey were to provide up-to-date information for assessing the situation of children and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of the decade, and to furnish the data needed for monitoring progress toward the goals established at the World Summit for Children and as a basis for future action. Data on breast-feeding and salt iodination are available from previous UNICEF supported surveys. 1-4 Data on the remaining End of Decade Goals are available from other sources and are presented in the Bosnia and Herzegovina End of Decade Report. The B&H MICS 2000 survey covered the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina minus the district of Brèko. This was omitted for sampling and organisational reasons. The survey was carried out in mid 2000 in a joint process with input from two entity field teams, from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. State level and entity level data are presented in this report. The survey sampled 10 772 households across the territory with a very high response rate of 98 percent. A total of 35 571 people lived in the households that responded, making this the largest such survey conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the past ten years. The level of completion of the questionnaires was very high, and the data was subjected to multiple quality checks at all stages of the survey.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Data downloaded from MICS2 website (www.childinfo.org) on May 24, 2011
The B&H MICS 2000 survey covered the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina minus the district of Brèko. This was omitted for sampling and organisational reasons.
Unit of analysis
Household, Women, Children
Producers and sponsors
Federation Public Health Institute
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
United Nations Children's Fund
Design of Survey and Technical Support
United Nations Children's Fund
Department for International Development
The sample for the survey was designed to provide estimates of the indicators at the national level, for urban and rural areas, and for the two entities - the Federation ofBosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. The district of Brèko in the North East corner of the State was not included in the survey, due to organisational and statistical sampling difficulties. Developing a sampling frame was perhaps the single biggest challenge in this survey. The most recent complete census data were from 1991. Subsequently, there had been widespread conflict and massive population movements both within and from the state. A two stage sampling method was used and this is explained in detail in Appendix C of the final report.
The geographical area of Bosnia and Herzegovina (with the exception of Brèko district) was selected. The enumeration areas from the 1991 census were taken as the basis for developing the sampling frame. This was updated in the Federation using three additional sources of information, the OSCE voter lists, population estimates from UNHCR and municipality registration data. Additionally, the sampling frame was adjusted in RS using the results of a 1997 census of refugees and displaced people. The entire geographical area of the survey was then divided into segments using probability proportional to size at the municipality level. Each segment covered approximately 110 households. The segments were then randomly selected and an additional number of alternate segments were identified so that in the case of a segment being unusable (empty, mined etc.) an alternate segment could be assigned.
The fieldwork teams then went to their allocated segments and made a listing of all households in each segment. From these, the fieldwork supervisors with assistance from the entity statistical institutes updated the old maps if necessary, and in some cases made new maps. Where segments were empty of households, had fewer than 80 households or were heavily mined, they were excluded and an alternate segment selected from the reserve list. Adjustments to the sampling plan are described in detail in Appendix C of the final report.
The survey sampled 10 772 households across the territory with a very high response rate of 98 percent. A total of 35 571 people lived in the households that responded, making this the largest such survey conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the past ten years. The level of completion of the questionnaires was very high, and the data was subjected to multiple quality checks at all stages of the survey.
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
The three questionnaires (household, women aged 15 - 49 and children under the age of five) for the B&H MICS 2000 were based on the MICS Model questionnaires with minor modifications and additions. A household questionnaire was administered in each household, which collected information on household members including sex, age, literacy, marital status and orphanhood status. The household questionnaire also included education, child labour and water and sanitation modules. The questionnaire for women contained the following modules:
· Child mortality
· Maternal and new-born health
· Contraceptive use
The questionnaire for children under the age of five was administered to the mother or carer of the child and included modules on:
· Birth registration and early learning
· Care during illness
The MICS Model Questionnaires were translated from English into Bosnian/Croatian (Roman script) and Serbian (Cyrillic script). The questionnaires were then pre-tested in 100 households in each entity during June 2000. Based on the results of these pre-tests, modifications were made to the wording and translation of the questionnaires. For the full questionnaires, see Appendix D of the report which is provided as External Resources.
Other forms of data appraisal
Of the 10 772 households selected for the survey sample, 10 742 were found to be occupied (Table 1). Of these, 10 546 were successfully interviewed to give a household response rate of 98 percent. The response rate was slightly higher in rural areas (99 %) than in urban areas (97%). In the interviewed households, 8 912 eligible women aged 15-49 years were identified. Of these, 8 726 were successfully interviewed, yielding a response rate of 98 percent. In addition, 2 642 children under the age of five years were listed in the household questionnaire.
United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
Dataset available free of charge to registered users (www.childinfo.org).
MICS2 has put greater efforts in not only properly documenting the results published in the MICS2 country reports, but also to maximize the use of micro data sets via documentation and dissemination. For those MICS2 countries that granted UNICEF direct access to the micro data sets and documentation, a rigorous process was completed to ensure internal and external consistency, basic standards of data quality, corresponding documentation and, standardization of variable and value labels across countries.
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
Federation Public Health Institute, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Health, Republika Srpska and UNICEF. Household Survey of Women and Children (MICS) 2000. Ref. BIH_2000_MICS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from http://www.childinfo.org on [date].
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