Friday, February 1, 2008

What to expect from International Partner Institute (IPI): BRISTOL UNIVERSITY

UNICEF DPP has contracted the University of Bristol to act as a partner institute for the Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities. This University, with support from UNICEF and the UK, carried out the seminal study "Child Poverty in the Developing World" in 2003. Using MICS-2 data, work was then expanded in 2004 to generate revised estimates that were used in the 2005 State of the World’s Children report. Due to this history, Bristol possesses a unique database of MICS-2 and DHS data for about 70 countries with a global sample of about 5 million individuals designed for handling DHS and MICS - the two major data sources which will be used in the Global Study countries.

As a contracted IPI, Bristol will support UNICEF Country Offices and their national partners in carrying out the Global Child Poverty and Disparity Study by delivering a part of the Statistical Template tabulations that is included in the Study Guide using the MICS-3 surveys and recent DHS surveys.

The 21 "core" tabulations selected for inclusion in this contract are as follows:
Table 1.1.2 Mapping poverty determinants and child outcomes in survey data
Table 1.1.3 Estimated numbers of children affected by deprivations targeted by the MDGs
Table 1.1.4 Control table: females by age in household surveys
Table 1.1.5 Control table: males by age in household surveys
Table 2.1.4 Child poverty as multiple deprivations
Table 2.1.5 Change in the prevalence of severe deprivations over the last decade among children
Table 2.1.6 Correlates of severe child deprivations
Table 2.1.7 Odds ratios for the probability that children will or will not experience deprivations
Table 2.1.8 Prevalence of seven severe deprivations by region and residence
Table 2.1.9 Correlation between different indicators for child poverty/disparity
Table 2.2.2 Under-5 and infant mortality rates and their correlates
Table 2.2.3 Relationship between child mortality and income/consumption poverty at sub-national level
Table 3.1.1 Leading indicator: Child nutrition outcome and its correlates
Table 3.2.1 Leading indicator: Young child health outcomes, related care and correlates
Table 3.2.2 Adolescent health outcomes, services and correlates
Table 3.3.1 Birth registration and its correlates
Table 3.3.2 Orphan hood, child vulnerability and their correlates
Table 3.3.3 Child labour and its correlates
Table 3.3.4 Early marriage and its correlates
Table 3.4.1 Leading indicator: School attendance and correlates
Table 3.5.1 Leading indicator: Access to social protection and its correlates

Please note that under the current contract with BU only those tabulations will be produced for which data are available in MICS or DHS. Accordingly, among others, no estimates on income poverty will be produced. The goal is for Bristol to expedite and improve the consistency of country data tabulations by producing the above tables centrally for a large number of countries; then disbursing these tabulations to countries for feedback and modification as necessary.

It is expected that work will cover a good part of the countries participating in the Global Study (depending on data/survey availability and support from national partners). These tabulations should, nonetheless be seen as partial and preliminary - eventual responsibility for the content and data used in the country analyses rests with the Country Teams.