The 2006 Guyana Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has as its primary objectives:
• To provide up-to-date information for assessing the situation of children and women in Guyana;
• To furnish data needed for monitoring progress toward goals established in the Millennium Development Goals, the goals of A World Fit For Children (WFFC), and other internationally agreed upon goals, as a basis for future action;
• To contribute to the improvement of data and monitoring systems in Guyana and to strengthen technical expertise in the design, implementation, and analysis of such systems.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
- Children under 5 years
Unit of Analysis
- Children under 5 years
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
Bureau of Statistics
United Nations Children's Fund
The sample for the Guyana Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS3) was designed to provide estimates on a large number of indicators on the situation of children and women at the national level, for urban and rural areas, and interior and coastal areas. In considering the urban/rural distinction, it should be borne in mind that all the urban areas of the country are located within the coastal region and the entire interior region is considered to be rural.
Coastal and interior areas were identified as the main sampling domains and the sample was selected in two stages. Within the coastal and interior areas, 160 and 60 census enumeration district areas respectively were selected with probability proportional to size. After a household listing was carried out within the selected enumeration areas, a circular systematic sample of twenty- four (24) households was drawn. All of the selected enumeration areas were visited during the fieldwork period. The sample was stratified by urban and rural area and is not self-weighting. For reporting national level results, sample weights are used.
A more detailed description of the sample design can be found in Appendix A of the report.
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Mode of data collection
Type of Research Instrument
Three sets of questionnaires were used in the survey: 1) a household questionnaire which was used to collect information on all de jure household members, the household, and the dwelling; 2) a women’s questionnaire administered in each household to all women aged 15-49 years; and 3) an under-5 questionnaire, administered to mothers or caretakers of all children under 5 living in the household. The questionnaires included the following modules:
The Household Questionnaire included the following modules:
• Household (Extended) Listing
• Water and Sanitation
• Household Characteristics
• Insecticide Treated Nets (administered only in the high-risk malaria areas i.e. interior of Guyana)
• Child Labour
• Child Discipline
The Questionnaire for Individual Women was administered to all women aged 15-49 years living in the households, and included the following modules:
• Child Mortality
• Diphtheria Tetanus (administered to women who had at least one live birth within the 2 years prior to interview)
• Maternal and Newborn Health (administered to women who had at least one live birth within the 2 years prior to interview)
• Marriage/Union Status
• Contraception and Unmet Needs
• Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence
• HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Awareness
The Questionnaire for Children Under Five was administered to mothers or caretakers of children under 5 years of age living in the households. Normally, the questionnaire was administered to mothers of under-5 children; in cases when the mother was not listed in the household roster, a primary caretaker for the child was identified and interviewed. The questionnaire included the following modules:
• Birth Registration and Early Learning
• Child Development
• Care of Illness
• Malaria (administered only in the high-risk malaria areas i.e. interior of Guyana)
The Guyana MICS3 questionnaires are based on the English version of the MICS3 model questionnaire. These model questionnaires were adapted and modified, with consultation with the Guyana MICS3 Technical Steering Committee, to reflect national situations. The modified version of the questionnaires was pre-tested in six clusters in both urban and rural areas during February, 2006. However, malaria related modules were not tested since the pre-test focused on the coast of Guyana where malaria is largely considered non-existent. Based on the results of the pre-test further modifications were made to the wording and the response categories of the questionnaires.
Data were entered using the CSPro software. The data were entered on three microcomputers and carried out by three data entry operators and one data entry supervisor. In order to ensure quality control, all questionnaires were double entered and internal consistency checks were performed. Procedures and standard programs developed under the global MICS3 project and adapted to the Guyana questionnaire were used throughout. Data processing began in June, 2006, some three months after the start data collection and was completed in January, 2007.
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