The present strategic planning guide has been compiled to assist countries with the development of a civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) strategic plan and work programme following a comprehensive assessment process.
These guidelines and tool have been prepared to assist countries in undertaking a comprehensive assessment of their Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems and in the development of a national CRVS strategic plan. The guidelines provide specific steps for assessing a national CRVS system, sets out the range of options for organizing the exercise, as well as specific issues for investigation. The assessment tool is developed to guide countries to comprehensively and holistically review their CRVS systems with the objective of generating evidence that will guide the improvement efforts.
The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digitisation Guidebook (CRVS-DGB) is an online resource that provides step-by-step guidance for countries to plan, analyse, design and implement digitized systems and automated processes for CRVS. It has been developed by the African Regional Core Group on CRVS under the technical leadership of Plan International supported by Economic Commission for Africa and African Development Bank in collaboration with country experts across Africa. Jembi Health Systems, South Africa, provided the technical support as consultant organization.
Access the Guidebook online at: www.crvs-dgb.org
The United Nations Manuals and Handbooks on Civil Registration provide the basic background for setting up CRVS systems. However, given the present status of CRVS in African countries, a need was felt for preparing guidelines for improving the civil registration systems by addressing various aspects of the legal framework, organizational set up, business processes and generation of vital statistics.
The purpose of the Guideline is to enable the national offices entrusted with generation of vital statistics to have a critical review of their activities and identify areas for improvements. Considering that civil registration system itself is in nascent stages of development in many countries, it is better to take the CRVS system together for improvement. This is a companion volume to the publication on improving national civil registration systems, but focusing on civil registration systems.