Meetings on Civil Registration and Vital Statistical (CRVS) assessment
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 18 and 20 October 2016
The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Innovations for Strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistical Systems organised a side meeting and a round table with the aim of showcasing recent methodological developments, and of fostering an exchange of regional experiences on how to best assess the completeness and accuracy of birth and death statistics, which are key indicators of CRVS system performance.
These meetings brought together regional specialists and experts involved with the development and/or the application of direct methods, especially through the use of record linkage validation for assessing the completeness and accuracy of births and deaths records based on data from civil registration and other administrative and health sources, at national or local levels.
The Side Meeting on the "Assessment of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Using Direct Methods" on 18 October, organized by Maria Isabel Cobos (UN Statistics Division), elicited a lively discussion with participants on the importance and challenges of improving vital statistics and civil registration systems using direct methods as well as indirect methods. The second half of the workshop focused on applications using record linkage. On Thursday 20 October, discussion continued with a Roundtable on "Academic Perspectives on the Evaluation of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics".
The papers presented at the sessions included: an analysis of deaths due to accidents in La Rioja, Argentina; challenges in the use of administrative registers for population estimates at the municipal level; the improvement of birth registration in Argentina; completeness estimates of vital statistics at the subnational level; synthetic indicators of birth registration quality and living conditions; the role of quality evaluation in the UN Principles and Recommendations for vital statistics and the reported level of completeness; evaluation of data quality and completeness of CRVS using record linkage; active search of deaths and completeness improvement in Brazil; integration of births, deaths and maternity statistics in Uruguay; and the development of a model that combines probabilistic, geographic and demographic methods to estimate and correct death under-registration in Mexico.
Side Meeting on the “Assessment of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Using Direct Methods” on 18 October.
The first session was chaired by Marcela Cerrutti (CONICET) included the following papers and presenters:
The second session, moderated by Maria Isabel Cobos (UN Statistics Division), focused on applications of direct methods including record linkage and included the following papers and speakers:
The round table on “Evaluation of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics from an academic perspective” on 20 October, chaired by Maria Isabel Cobos (UN Statistics Division) with Magda Ruiz (Celade/CEPAL) as discussant included the following speakers and presentations (in Spanish or Portuguese):
Funding: Financial support was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to the IUSSP and the Population Association of America (PAA) to support demographers' participation in the Data Revolution.