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CRVS assessments: Know your system

Prioritisation and planning

There are several processes and steps that national CRVS managers can take after completing an assessment. Two critical steps are prioritisation and strategic planning.

Prioritisation can be based on the following criteria:

  • Urgency: the extent to which the recommendation is considered to be critical at this moment and needs to be implemented urgently.
  • Feasibility: the ease with which the recommendation could be implemented, given departmental roles and responsibilities in government, or cultural traditions.
  • Cost: the expected cost associated with implementing the recommendation and the likelihood of obtaining funding from different internal and external sources.
  • Timeline: the period for the full implementation of the recommendation.

Strategic planning can be broken down into four main parts:

  1. Reviewing of assessment results and suggested priorities, opportunities and risks
  2. Drafting of the prioritised strategic CRVS plan
  3. Preparing detailed CRVS development actions and costing the implementation of all steps
  4. Deciding upon a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation.


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Guidance tool for how to develop a strategic plan from civil registration and vital statistics assessment findings. This document provides practical advice for countries that have undertaken the comprehensive assessment on how to transition from assessment results to a strategic improvement plan.


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