On May 23, 2018, Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine met with representatives of international organizations to discuss holding the sixth round of MICS (Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys) in Ukraine. The use of MICS data will provide the basis for quality monitoring of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
During the meeting, Stepan Kubiv noted that the sixth round of MICS in Ukraine would provide reliable data on demographic indicators, nutrition, children's health, access to potable water and sanitation, child mortality, reproductive health, child development, literacy and education, child protection, HIV/AIDS, and other indicators, which will be useful in monitoring of the state of children, women and households in general.
"These data will also be used to monitor national development, assess the impact of reforms on the most vulnerable groups of the population and prepare national reports on the country's progress towards achieving the goals of Sustainable Development", Stepan Kubiv emphasized.
The First Vice Prime Minister added that current reforms pursued by the Government of Ukraine in the sectors of health care, education, pension, decentralization are aimed to bring about positive changes in the quality of life of the country's population and sustainable development of Ukraine. He added that the next stage of the survey will be conducted using advanced technologies to optimize both the survey process and the processing of the data obtained.
"It's important that after the five previous rounds of MICS, the next round of the study is planned to be conducted using tablets. In the future, this practice will be needed for other large-scale projects, such as the population count in Ukraine", Stepan Kubiv emphasized.
In turn, Mykhailo Titarchuk, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine said: "In order to develop optimal management solutions under the conditions of scarce resources, it is necessary to rely on qualitative data analysis with the maximum possible level of disaggregation. This approach is viewed important to improve the living standards of various groups of people, especially the most vulnerable. And it is the MICS that can serve as the basis in this process".