The Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) Programme of UNICEF

This event is co-organised with City, University of London and the European Social Survey
  • Event time:
    1st May 2024 17:00 – 18:00
  • Format:

The Global MICS Programme has become the single largest source of comparable data on the lives of children and their families.

It is anchored in face-to-face interviews with individual respondents in a representative sample of households, designed around a list of globally agreed indicators.

This includes half of the sustainable development goals SDG indicators collected through household surveys.

The presentation will run participants through a brief historic overview since the Programme’s early days in the mid-1990s and focus on content and methods employed in the present seventh round launched in 2023.

This will include some detail on a selection of specific tools, processes, and protocols that may be of particular interest to listeners.


  • Bo Beshanski-Pedersen
    Household survey expert consultant UNICEF
    Bo Beshanski-Pedersen is a household survey expert consultant within the HQ Team of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) Programme at UNICEF. With a background in economics, he previously served with the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) and in the Ministry of Finance in Greenland before shifting his focus to MICS in 2005. Beginning his journey in country-level coordination in Ghana, Mr. Beshanski-Pedersen became the first Regional MICS Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa, expanding his scope to global operations in 2011. Since then, he has offered technical assistance to over one hundred surveys and has been the MICS Team’s focal point for more than twenty survey topics, including child protection, child health and nutrition, disability, discrimination, ICT, and GIS, among others. He has also been leading in the development and maintenance of all survey tools, including his continuous work on the content and architecture of the recently launched seventh round of MICS. Mr. Beshanski-Pedersen's research interests revolve around survey methodology and the intersections of survey content, implementation, and data quality.