As part of its global, regional and sub-regional obligations, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago sought to prepare a comprehensive report on the achievement of the World Summit Goals for Children. Toward this end, a national survey entitled the Trinidad and Tobago Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) was commissioned to cover a nationally representative sample of 4 500 households and generate precise indicators for all indicators of selected modules. The Central Statistical Office in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Empowerment, Sports and Consumer Affairs conducted the Trinidad and Tobago MICS. The Central Statistical Office designated a senior official as the Technical Co-ordinator of MICS. The technical co-ordinator was guided and supported by a Technical Committee which provided technical expertise in the planning and implementation of the Trinidad and Tobago MICS. A National Plan of Action Committee was established and was expected to supervise the activities of the Technical Committee. Generally speaking, the Technical Co-ordinator was responsible for day-to-day management and overall coordination of the Trinidad and Tobago MICS. The 2000 Trinidad and Tobago Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a nationally representative survey of households, women and children. The main objectives of the survey are to provide up-to-date information for assessing the situation of children and women in Trinidad and Tobago at the end of the decade and to furnish data needed for monitoring progress toward goals established at the World Summit for Children as a basis for future action.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Data downloaded from MICS2 website (www.childinfo.org) on May 24, 2011.
The 2000 Trinidad and Tobago Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a nationally representative survey of households, women and children.
Unit of analysis
Households, Women, Child
Producers and sponsors
Central Statistical Office
United Nations's Children Fund
United Nations Children's Fund
Ministry of Community Empowerment
Ministry of Community Sports
Ministry of Community Consumer Affairs
A self weighted sample for the Trinidad and Tobago Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was designed to provide estimates of health indicators at the national level and across sixteen administrative areas deemed to be important for sub-national analysis. The sample was selected in two stages. At the first stage, 301 enumeration districts were selected with probability proportional to size. At the second stage, a systematic sample of approximately 4,535 households was selected with probability inversely proportional to size.
Despite the above drawbacks, the Trinidad and Tobago MICS was successful. Of the 4 535 households selected for the sample, 4 234 were found to be occupied. Upon completion of the fieldwork, 4 007 were successfully interviewed for a household response rate of 94.6 percent (Table 1). Table 1 also shows that household response rates were highest in areas such as the County of St. Patrick (98.8 percent), the Borough of Point Fortin (98.7 percent) and the County of St. Andrew/St. David (98.4 percent). Though still high, the lowest household response rates were observed in the Borough of Arima (91.0 percent) and the contiguous Wards of Tacarigua (91.1 percent) and St. Anns (91.7 percent). In the interviewed households, 4 078 eligible women (aged 15-49 years) were identified and interviewed. With respect to children under the age of 5 years, the corresponding number was 1 014.
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
The MICS model questionnaire was used as a guide toward the development of a MICS questionnaire for Trinidad and Tobago. The latter was adapted somewhat to reflect the specificity of Trinidad and Tobago. It sought to obtain data on the characteristics of several units of analysis including households, children ages 0-14 and women aged 15-49. In order to colle ct data pertaining to children, the questionnaire was administered to the mother or caretaker of the child.
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 Investigators and the country
- the title of the survey (including acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Central Statistical Office. Trinidad and Tbago Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2000. Ref. TTO_2000_MICS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from www.childinfo.org on [date]
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MICS Programme Manager
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