The tool called: Improving the quality and use of birth, death and cause-of-death information: guidance for a standards-based review of country practices, to comprehensively assess countries’ CRVS systems was created by the University of Queensland and WHO. This comprehensive assessment tool provides guidance on the different aspects of country CRVS systems, including:
- the legal and regulatory framework
- registration, certification and coding practices
- the compilation, tabulation and use of the resulting data.
The tool includes a roadmap outlining the main steps in conducting the review – starting with the formation of a review committee of key stakeholders – and an assessment framework which serves as a template for the review process. The outcome of the assessment can be used to develop a strategy to improve the CRVS system and determine the most critical as well as effective interventions.
The focus of the tool is on births, deaths and causes of death because these are fundamental events that countries need to know about in order to guide health programs, monitor population dynamics and measure key health indicators. The approach described is largely directed to those countries where civil registration is established but is inadequate in terms of its coverage, quality or both. Countries where civil registration is not established may still find the approach useful, even though parts of the assessment framework will not be relevant. If the extent of completeness or coverage of vital statistics data is known, then even incomplete information can yield valuable insights into mortality patterns and the main causes of death.
This tool can be found at:
Improving the quality and use of birth, death and cause-of-death information: guidance for a standards-based review of country practices (University of Queensland, WHO (2010), 2010) or can be obtained in its spreadsheet version from WHO at firstname.lastname@example.org