Key resources, resolutions and events on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

Resolutions and Outcome Documents

Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 3 United Nations Statistics Division (2013)

This is a guide for national governments in establishing and maintaining reliable civil registration system for legal documentation on events throughout the lifetime of individuals from birth, changes in marital status, and to death. It provides technical guidance on standards, concepts, definitions, and classifications for civil registration and vital statistics to further increase international comparability of data. [Download HERE]


Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 3 United Nations Statistics Division (2002)

This is a guide for national governments in establishing and maintaining reliable civil registration system for legal documentation on events throughout the lifetime of individuals from birth, changes in marital status, and to death. It provides technical guidance on standards, concepts, definitions, and classifications for civil registration and vital statistics to further increase international comparability of data. In 2013, Revision 2 was replaced with Revision 3 (see above). [Download HERE]


Rapid assessment tool: Rapid assessment of national civil registration and vital statistics systems

University of Queensland Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub and World Health Organization (2010)

This self-guided tool helps provide a picture of the state, strengths and weaknesses of a national CRVS system. This assessment is in the form of a questionnaire, which should be completed jointly by all relevant government officials and development partners. The results of the rapid assessment provides direction for completing a comprehensive assessment. [Download HERE]

Comprehensive assessment tool: Improving the quality of birth, death and cause-of-death information: guidance for a standards-based review of country practices

University of Queensland Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub and World Health Organization (2010)

This tool provides comprehensive guidance on how to systematically evaluate the quality and functioning of civil registration and vital statistics systems. The aim is to help responsible authorities obtain a clear and comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their civil registration and vital statistics systems, and generate the evidence base for corrective action.  [Download HERE]