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Whether you're a CRVS expert of just starting to learn about CRVS systems, you will enjoy exploring the range of resources available here in our library. Discover more about strengthening and innovating CRVS systems, plus learn from other countries challenges and experiences.


A global assessment of civil registration and vital statistics systems: monitoring data quality and progress
A global assessment of civil registration and vital statistics systems: monitoring data quality and progress

Applying a vital statistics performance index to assess the performance of CRVS systems in 148 countries or territories. Source: The Lancet

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Authors: Mikkelsen L, Phillips DE, AbouZahr C, Setel PW, de Savigny D, Lozano R, Lopez AD

Publication date: May 2015

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Improving vital statistics for informed policy: The importance of data quality

Source: The Lancet


Advocating for civil registration: guide to developing a business case for civil registration
Advocating for civil registration: guide to developing a business case for civil registration

Practical information on the six-step approach to preparing and using a business case in support of a civil registration system.

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Author: Schmider, A

Publication date: November 2010

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Summary: CRVS systems are good for your health

Source: Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub


An economic evaluation of data collection methods for vital statistics
An economic evaluation of data collection methods for vital statistics

A systematic framework to guide investment decisions by donors and governments on methods of data collection for vital statistics.

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Authors: Soto EJ, Nguyen KH, Dettrick Z, Hodge A, Lopez AD

Publication date: June 2013

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: A framework for evaluating national CRVS systems at baseline

Source: Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub


Are well functioning civil registration and vital statistics systems associated with better health outcomes?
Are well functioning civil registration and vital statistics systems associated with better health outcomes?

We examine whether well functioning CRVS systems are associated with improved population health outcomes. Source: The Lancet

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Authors: Phillips DE, AbouZahr C, Lopez AD, Mikkelsen L, de Savigny D, Lozano R, Wilmoth J, Setel PW

Publication date: May 2015

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Summary: CRVS systems are good for your health

Source: The Lancet


Assessing the production, quality and use of national vital statistics: a case study of the Philippines
Assessing the production, quality and use of national vital statistics: a case study of the Philippines

Findings from the review of the CRVS system in the Philippines (2009), which helped to understand how the system worked and identifying weaker areas.

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Authors: Hufana L, Catija J, Morante L, Lopez J, Tan CL, Mikkelsen L, Aung E

Publication date: Nov 2009

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Improving civil registration and vital statistics systems - Lessons learned from the application of health information tools in Asia and the Pacific


Improving civil registration and vital statistics systems-Lessons learned from the application of health information tools in Asia and the Pacific
Improving civil registration and vital statistics systems - Lessons learned from the application of health information tools in Asia and the Pacific

A review of the application of the comprehensive CRVS assessment tool in Asia and the Pacific.

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Author: Mikkelsen, L 

Publication date: December 2012

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Assessing the production, quality and use of national vital statistics: a case study of the Philippines

Source: Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub


Improving COD certification practices in the Pacific
Improving COD certification practices in the Pacific

Findings of study to determine the efficacy and accessibility of the certification module of the WHO's web-based ICD training tool.

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Authors: Walker S, Rampatige R, Wainiqolo I, Aumua A

Publication date: April 2011

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Improving civil registration and vital statistics systems - Lessons learned from the application of health information tools in Asia and the Pacific

Source: Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub


Progress in the data revolution
Progress in the data revolution

As momentum for CRVS builds, examples of country successes in strengthening their systems emerge. Source: The Lancet

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Authors: AbouZahr C, de Savigny D, Mikkelsen L, Setel PW, Lozano R, Nichols E, Notzon F, Lopez AD

Publication date: May 2015

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Towards universal civil registration and vital statistics systems: the time is now

Source: The Lancet


Promoting the periodic assessment of the quality of medical records and cause-of-death data
Promoting the periodic assessment of the quality of medical records and cause-of-death data

A rare look into the validation of cause of death information from routine reporting systems.

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Authors: Rampatige R, Mikkelsen L, Gamage S, Peiris S

Publication date: November 2009

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Assessing the production, quality and use of national vital statistics: a case study of the Philippines


Rapid assessment of vital statistics systems
Rapid assessment of vital statistics systems

Evaluation of the application of the WHO/Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub tool in 26 countries in the Asia–Pacific region.

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Author: Mikkelsen L

Publication date: November 2010

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Improving civil registration and vital statistics systems - Lessons learned from the application of health information tools in Asia and the Pacific


Strategic planning to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics systems
Strategic planning to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics systems

Guidance for using findings from a comprehensive assessment.

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Author: Mikkelsen L

Publication date: September 2012

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Source: Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub


Symptom recall and the diagnostic accuracy of verbal autopsies
Symptom recall and the diagnostic accuracy of verbal autopsies

Determines how recall of item responses varied between interviews over time and how much loss of recall affected the accuracy of CSMFs.

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Authors: Serina P, Riley I, Hernandez B, Freeman M, Praveen D, Tallo V, Joshi R, Sanvictores D, Murray CJL, Lopez AD

Publication date: September 2013

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Intervention: Automated verbal autopsy

Source: Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub


Hazard et al
The quality of medical death certification of cause of death in hospitals in rural Bangladesh

Accurate and timely data on cause of death are critically important for guiding health programs and policies. Physicians in Bangladeshi hospitals had difficulties in completing the MCCD correctly. Physicians routinely made errors in death certification practices and medical record quality was poor. There is an urgent need to improve death certification practices and the quality of hospital data in Bangladesh if these data are to be useful for policy.

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Authors: Hazard RH, Chowdhury HR, Adair T, Ansar A, Quaiyum Rahman AM, Alam S, Alam N, Rampatige R, Streatfield PK, Riley ID, Lopez AD

Publication date: 2017

Related resources: Strategies for improving the quality of cause of death data in hospitals

Source: BMC Health Services Research


Towards universal civil registration and vital statistics systems: the time is now
Towards universal civil registration and vital statistics systems: the time is now

We argue that improved CRVS will be key to tackle the health & development challenges of coming decades and to monitor progress. Source: The Lancet

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Authors: AbouZahr C, de Savigny D, Mikkelsen L, Setel PW, Lozano R, Lopez AD

Publication date: May 2015

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: A global assessment of civil registration and vital statistics systems: monitoring data quality and progress

Source: The Lancet

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