Conducted by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) shows progress as NCSI representatives continue their visits to families across the Sultanate to collect data, with a focus on women and children. The MICS is scheduled to cover 6400 Omani and expat families by the end of March 2014.
Commenting on the MICS progress over the first weeks in the Wilayat of Qurayat, Muscat-based MICS supervisor Nasser Jumaa Al Hadi said: “The first weeks of the survey were very successful. As per the programme schedule, our team collected data from 79 families in Qurayat. Required data was gathered from family members who are among the target group of the survey. Families have been cooperating with NCSI representatives and were very welcoming, which facilitated our tasks and made it possible for us to accomplish our mission. I would like to thank everybody who made this possible over the past few weeks, and I hope to see further cooperation for the remaining period of the survey to achieve our desired results.”
From Muscat to Al Dhahira and Al Buraimi as Majid Rashid Al Shahumi, MICS supervisor, updated reporters on the progress of the survey. “We visited several families in the Wilayats within Al Dhahira Governorate, and we are scheduled to move to Al Buraimi in the next few weeks to collect data from families within assigned survey sample. We covered various areas including the centres and the outskirts of the Wilayats. NCSI representatives re-visit certain areas where the families were not available during the first visit or if they preferred to re-schedule the visit. So far our field work has been very successful, thanks to all families who were very cooperative and helped us with the necessary data,” said Majid.
The MICS survey team consists of 16 supervisors, each supervisor works with 2-5 representatives from the NCSI. The supervisors have to manage the field work while visiting the families to collect data. Representatives are trained to collect data that commensurate with the nature of the survey. The survey’s pre-assigned areas are called clusters, and each cluster consists of 20 families. The representatives collect data on a daily basis over the survey period where about 700 families are visited in a week.
Cluster surveys are a very common methodology to collect social data and those related to different social sciences. They also provide a database for decision makers when developing policies and for decision making. The MICS aims at observing the progress of the developmental objectives that have been set and to provide updated data related to issues concerning women and children in the Sultanate.