Mongolia becomes first country to conduct MICS plus phone survey and national scale www.mics.unicef.org
Mongolia MICS Plus follows the field-testing of the MICS programme’s new initiative in Belize, during 2019-2020. MICS Plus uses a representative household sample frame to select a sample of respondents, to collect data via phone calls over an extended period, at frequent intervals. In its original form, MICS Plus uses the households interviewed during a MICS as the sample frame, but can be based on any representative sample frame of households with landline or mobile phone numbers.
MICS Plus is using the national population registry of Mongolia as the sample frame. The household-based registry was updated by the National Statistical Office of Mongolia in February 2020 and includes one or more phone numbers for each household. Overall, 2,200 households were sampled from the population registry. Households were selected randomly in each of the urban and rural areas of five regions.
The first wave of calls started on 18 September 2020, with 11 interviewers calling all households and recording responses via the data management system. Topics in the first wave of calls covered access to internet, COVID-19 self-protection knowledge, behavior and information sources, as well as government benefits, and detailed questions on distance learning. The first wave is complete and results will be made available in November on this page, together with methodological details of the survey.