Strengthening practices, structures and policies to institutionalize widespread, high-quality data use
Without essential data about what is causing death and disease, many countries rely on “best guess” methods to guide health resource allocation and policy decisions. Our Data for Decision Makers initiative empowers governments to use data strategically to target resources and policies that improve health and opportunity for their citizens.
One of the key outcomes of a well-functioning civil registration system is the publication and dissemination of vital statistics. Vital statistics provide important information for policymaking and planning across all sectors. While efforts have been underway to improve the registration of vital events and the civil registration system, there is minimal guidance on establishing or redesigning vital statistics systems from the point of data transfer to the dissemination of statistics.