What can be done to rapidly improve CRVS systems?
Operations and innovations
To ensure the translation of legal and institutional frameworks into effective operations at the level of service delivery and outputs, it is important that standard operational procedures and practices are fit-for-purpose and effectively and consistently applied. Operational challenges requiring remedial action will likely emerge in the course of the routine activity and CRVS systems will need to ensure they are responsive to emerging needs, developments and innovations such as IT. Typical activities to maintain effective performance include:
- Using enterprise architecture methodology to map the structure and processes of the CRVS as it currently functions to better understand how to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
- Reviewing and adapting registration forms and procedures to align with evolving international standards for legal and statistical purposes.
- Implementing measures to ensure the quality and integrity of legal documentation emanating from the civil registration system.
- Enhancing the capacity of the civil registration system to produce and deliver certificates to the in a timely and efficient manner.
- Enhancing national capacities to ensure the safe and secure long-term management and archiving of legal records.
- Ensuring that mitigation strategies are in place when there are possible threats to the rights of individuals, including threats to privacy.
- Implementing actions to safeguard confidentiality and security of registration information and records.
- Conducting thorough technical analysis and risk assessment to establish how ICT can best be used to support CRVS processes in a scalable and sustainable way.
- Introducing innovations to increase access to registration, such as mobile registration and use of ICT for notification, registration, information sharing, data analysis and maintaining civil registration records.
- Harnessing the capacity of hospitals, health centres, religious institutions and schools to contribute to civil registration, since they can play significant roles in registering vital events and in providing information needed for statistical purposes.
- Introducing procedures to build and maintain the skills of statistical clerks and related personnel for the analysis of vital statistics, including for coding of causes of death according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD) standards.
- Implementing measures to register the vital events of residents who are temporarily abroad and able to access consular facilities.
- Implementing special measures to register currently unregistered populations – for example, through facilitating late birth registration.
- Introducing operational procedures to ensure that unregistered children are not deprived of access to rights and services.