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Welcome to data​.unicef.org. This new website gives you access to credible and open data and analysis on the situation of children and women.

Data Collection

UNICEF supports countries to collect data on the situation of children and women through the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) programme. Since the initiation of the programme, three rounds of surveys have been carried out (1995, 2000 and 2005-6). Altogether, nearly 200 MICS surveys in approximately 100 countries have been implemented. The next round of surveys (MICS4) is scheduled for 2009-2011 and survey results are expected to be available from 2010 on. Each round of surveys builds upon the last and offers new indicators to monitor current priorities in addition to monitoring trends.

MICS is designed to collect statistically sound, internationally comparable data on child-related indicators that are used by countries to assess the situation of children and women in the areas of education, health, gender equality, rights and protection, and to provide the data required to monitor the progress towards national and international goals and targets aimed at promoting the welfare of children. Among these international goals and targets are those emanating from the World Summit for Children, the World Fit for Children Declaration and Plan of Action, the goals of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, the African Summit on Malaria, the Education for All Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MICS is now one of the largest single sources of data for MDG monitoring.

As part of the MICS global programme, UNICEF provides technical support and training through a series of regional workshops covering questionnaire content, sampling and survey implementation, data processing, data quality and data analysis, report writing, data archiving, and dissemination. Under MICS3, more than 300 experts from developing countries were trained worldwide.

Data Analysis

Data compilation    

UNICEF maintains a series of global databases for tracking the situation of children and women globally. The databases include only statistically sound and nationally representative data from household surveys and other sources. They are updated annually through a process that draws on the wealth of data maintained by UNICEF’s wide network of 140 field offices. 

Methodological development

UNICEF leads or plays an active role in a series of interagency monitoring groups that are responsible for developing new methodologies, indicators and monitoring tools; building statistical capacity at country level, developing joint estimates, and harmonizing monitoring work across partners.  UNICEF works actively with partners through several topic-related interagency monitoring groups.

Assessing progress toward international goals

UNICEF has done extensive work on indicator development for tracking progress toward development goals related to children and women. These successful efforts include monitoring the goals and targets of the Millennium Declaration, the World Fit for Children Declaration and Plan of Action, the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS and the African Summit on Malaria. UNICEF is leading the effort to develop child survival indicators that are currently used in the Countdown to 2015 initiative.

Data analysis for evidence-based programming

UNICEF has led the development of new methodologies for tracking estimates in a number of areas, including education, child mortality, maternal mortality, water and sanitation, low birth weight, antenatal care, pneumonia, malaria, iodine deficiency disorder, female genital cutting, vitamin A deficiency and many other priority issues.

Capacity building

Through its MICS programme, UNICEF provides in-country technical assistance and leadership to local researchers and organizations and contributes to the improvement of national monitoring systems for children and women. It also conducts a series of regional workshops on specialized topics in conjunction with its government counterparts to enhance their capacity to understand, interpret, analyse, disseminate, and use statistics on children and women. The goals of these workshops include supporting further analysis of malaria data for improved program monitoring and management and for policy formulation, harmonizing the methodologies used to derive estimates on access to water and sanitation, and improving AIDS and child or maternal mortality coverage estimates.

Data Dissemination

Researchers, program managers and legislators worldwide count extensively on UNICEF data to assess the situation of women and children, and to implement programs and plan policies on their behalf. The media, both locally and internationally, use the data to write stories stressing the unique situation of children and women.

Our Statistics in the News

Click the following link to access our latest stories: http://www.unicef.org/statistics/index_52749.html


UNICEF data are used for a variety of planning and monitoring purposes. They appear in UNICEF flagship publications such as The State of the World’s Children and Progress for Children and in a number of sector-specific reports including Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: Special Focus on Sanitation; Malaria and Children; and Pneumonia: The Forgotten Killer of Children. They are also used for evidence-based policy analysis such as in the ongoing Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities being carried out in 40 countries and seven regions through UNICEF support.

MICS dissemination tools

MICS-related dissemination tools produced at the country and regional levels are divided into printed materials, presentations, web links and those focusing on the media.

Participation at conferences

UNICEF dissemination staff are seting up booths at a number of national and international conferences that deal with monitoring the situation of children and women. Check this website regularly to find out where you can meet with and talk to us and be the first to hold UNICEF’s newest publications and tools in your hands!


UNICEF also promotes data dissemination through DevInfo, a powerful database system that tracks progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and monitors commitments to sustained human development. DevInfo offers an easy-to-use structure that quickly generates tables, maps and graphs, even for trend data. It is a great advocacy and planning tool for national statistical offices, UN agencies, donors and civil society, contributing to greater MDG awareness and knowledge at the country level and to evidence-based policy-making. The software can be downloaded at http://www.devinfo.org/