Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey to Capture Comprehensive Data in Belize
This week, the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), UNICEF, and several ministries within the Government of Belize are meeting to discuss the upcoming Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 7). The survey is costing the government over one point seven million dollars and is the second largest data collection exercise in the country behind the Population and Housing Census. The SIB says that the survey captures a lot of data not captured within the census. Today, stakeholders met at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza to discuss changes to the format of the MICS and discuss the types of data they want to be captured. Paulette Wade, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for UNICEF explained more about what the MICS is and how this survey differs from its previous versions.
Dylan Williams Director of Policy and Planning Unit for the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Person’s Affairs, also spoke to Love News about the MICS, and the importance of the data it captures.
Williams said that government and UNICEF signed the memorandum of understanding for the MICS back in April. Surveyors for the MICS will begin data collection in April 2024.