Table 3

CRVS assessment themes, topics and outputs

ThemesTopics for assessmentAssessment outputs
Civil registration and data capture
CRVS administration
  • CRVS legal framework

  • CRVS structure and organisation

  • Definitions of vital events, residents, notifiers, reporting periods

  • Lead/support institutions for registration and vital statistics

  • Institutional responsibilities and reporting relationships

CRVS business processes
  • Mechanisms for recording vital events

  • Specific institutional/personnel roles

  • Rules and procedures for notification/registration

  • Notification forms/ registers/civil status certificates

  • Mapped sequence of registration activities and information flow

Cause of death ascertainment
  • Forms, questionnaires and protocols

  • Data standards for statistics

  • Medical certification/verbal autopsy instruments and manuals

  • Protocols for coronial/forensic review for unnatural deaths

  • Coding and classification schemes for causes of death

Data compilation and use of vital statistics
Data processing and management
  • Mechanisms for data compilation

  • Protocols for monitoring and quality control

  • Electronic databases and instructions for computerisation

  • Facilities for data archival and transmission

  • Guidelines for monitoring for reporting timeliness and accuracy

Quality evaluation
  • Evaluation of secondary data

  • Field operations research

  • Data plausibility assessment

  • Estimation of proportion of reported deaths (completeness)

  • Cause of death validation (percentage ‘well-certified’)

Data utilisation
  • Analysis of outcome indicators

  • Policy analysis

  • Demographic mortality indicators

  • Epidemiological analysis of causes of death

  • Burden of disease/cost effectiveness analysis

  • CRVS, civil registration and vital statistics.