IUSSP/MPIDR Workshop on Mortality Monitoring in the Era of the SDGs

Rostock, Germany, 11-13 December 2018  

The workshop on "Mortality Monitoring in the Era of the SDGs" was held at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, 11-13 December 2018, organized by IUSSP and MPIDR, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The primary aim of this workshop was to create a space for creative discussion that will lead to a focused set of recommendations for future work to improve mortality monitoring in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Emerging mortality and cause-of-death measurement methodologies, especially for subpopulations and small-areas, need to be reviewed, refined and shared more broadly across the international research community. The goals of the workshop were to assess the state of global mortality monitoring, develop, rank, and articulate a small set of focused, high priority, feasible initiatives to transform mortality monitoring in the context of the SDGs and ongoing efforts to strengthen Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems, and then devise a plan for how to proceed in their implementation.

After an overview of the meeting’s goals by Sam Clark (IUSSP) and welcoming remarks by Emilio Zagheni (MPIDR), the 18 participants actively engaged in discussions over 16 different presentations. The three main topics of the workshop were:

  • Coverage, Granularity/Disaggregation, and Timeliness,
  • Uncertainty, Aggregation, Interpolation, and Communication of Derived Values, and
  • Models: Statistical and Traditional Demographic Models.

Overall, there was a consensus on the use of Bayesian models; the need for hybrid models of research mixing high quality, accurate data with a scale-up approach; and country engagement as a solution to solving data bias problems.