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Core questions

Through expert consultations, the JMP has developed core questions for monitoring water, sanitation and hygiene at home, schools and health centres

To support the collection of comparable data between and within countries, the JMP has prepared core and expanded questions for the following settings:

Core questions for WASH in schools
Core questions for schools

The JMP core questions for household surveys document was developed to support monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015). To monitor the new SDG targets for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene at home additional information can be collected in household surveys including:

  • Drinking water (water quality, availability of drinking water)
  • Sanitation (emptying of onsite sanitation facilities)
  • Hygiene (availability of a handwashing facility with water and soap)

The JMP has collaborated with UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) to develop and pilot new modules and questions for the SDGs. A draft set of updated core questions for household surveys was produced in November 2017 and is currently under review. The latest version of the MICS household questionnaire and water quality questionnaire provides the most up-to-date questions recommended by the JMP team.

The JMP team welcomes feedback on the existing questions and as well as suggestions for an expanded set for SDG monitoring at the household level. Please contact us with your feedback at