Pre-Conference side meeting at the

VII Latin-American Population Association (ALAP) & XX Brazilian Association for Population Studies (ABEP) Congress

Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 18 October 2016 

Side Meeting on CRVS Assessment Using Direct Methods 

(Evaluación de las estadísticas vitales y el registro civil usando métodos directos)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016;  8:45-13:00



This training workshop is organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Innovations for Strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistical Systems.

Workshop organizer: María Isabel Cobos (U.N. Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs).



A well-functioning civil registration system with information on births and deaths is a key source of data for vital statistics. Registration also helps to ensure the realization of human rights and to have access to  benefits and protections of the state. In the 2030 development agenda, the need for accurate and timely vital statistics has been reaffirmed.   Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognizes a direct link between civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, legal identity and sustainable development.  Moreover, the indicators selected to monitor progress of goal 17 include the proportion of countries that have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration by 2030. 


The aim of this meeting is to showcase recent methodological developments, and to foster 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. 


The meeting will bring 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.