Pilot testing of the new MICS4 questionnaires has now been completed, and data analysis is about to begin. The pilot test was carried out in Mombasa, Kenya, in collaboration with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, and UNICEF Kenya Country Office. UNICEF ESARO also took an active role in organizing, supporting and hosting the event.
The main objective of the pilot survey was to field test the new MICS4 questionnaires and survey procedures.
Fieldwork staff was trained over a 10-day period, on interviewing techniques, on topics in the questionnaires, and on carrying out anthropometric measurements, among other things. Data collection was carried out in urban and rural settlements, as well as informal (slum) settlements of Mombasa. Interviews in 300 households was targeted.
In order to gain understanding of the performance of the new questionnaires, interviews were observed and feedback sessions were held with interviewers. Analysis of the data collected will provide further evidence - there is already many lessons learned and solid thinking on how the MICS4 questionnaires, other survey tools, and survey procedures will be improved further.
The pilot survey was a unique opportunity, bringing together the UNICEF Regional MICS Coordinators and the UNICEF HQ MICS Team with the aim to develop a common understanding of various methodological aspects related to survey implementation. Other participants included staff members of the UNICEF HQ Statistics and Monitoring Section and ECD Section, staff members from ESARO and MENARO and from the Kenya CO and the Somalia CO, as well as external consultants and staff members of the Kenya Bureau of Statistics.
More information on the pilot test will be available very soon....