The importance of data quality
Data must be of high enough quality to have utility and be used for policy purposes. The quality of vital statistics data is closely related to how well the data cover the entire national territory and whether all vital events taking place are recorded and registered. The aim of any civil registration system should therefore be universal coverage – that is, to have functioning registration facilities available to the entire population that register every vital event. Furthermore, prompt registration and data transmittance are key for increasing the timeliness, relevance and utility of the data.