Priority Areas
Data Use
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics
Noncommunicable Disease Surveys

Data Use

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Indicator development

Define and specify appropriate indicators for monitoring health programs and population health status, develop applications, such as data dashboards, that deliver indicator data quickly and in visually clear and logical formats to decision makers.

Data analysis for public health practice

Increase staff technical capacity in policy-relevant data analysis and use, focusing on health equity measurement; health impact predictions; cost-effectiveness analysis, etc.

Data report development or enhancement

Develop and disseminate policy-relevant data reports to various audiences.

Digital solutions for decision-making

Develop platforms for data visualization, for example through an integrated data dashboard, that present key data that decision makers or the public need to understand a public health issue or specific disease.

Decision process design/reform

Develop data-driven prioritization, budgeting and planning practices.

National health bulletin development or enhancement

Develop an authoritative, timely, and influential source of information and recommendations for actions to protect the public’s health.

Scientific communications development

Increase staff technical capacity to write and publish scientific manuscripts.

Technical Assistance is provided by partners from the Data for Health Initiative.

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

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Enhancing CRVS governance and coordination

Establish or enhance coordination of multiple CRVS stakeholders; capacity development to undertake comprehensive system-wide CRVS improvement efforts.

Improving notification and registration of vital events

Design and implement improved digital notification and registration of births and deaths including establishment of active notification systems.

Improving medical certification of cause-of-death

Training, resources, and capacity development using multiple instructional modalities (face-to-face, eLearning, job aids) to teach and reinforce proper cause of death certification practices using the WHO standard medical certificate of cause of death. Design and support for quality assurance and feedback loops.

Instituting or improving ICD coding

Training, resources, and capacity development to establish or improve manual or automated coding of medical certificates of cause of death.

Implementing verbal autopsy

Capacity development to establish or improve the scaled application of the WHO standard verbal autopsy, used to determine community patterns of mortality.

Improving vital statistics analysis, publication, dissemination

Analyze, publish, disseminate and use vital statistics from registration records.

Strengthening CRVS legal frameworks

Conduct comprehensive legal reviews to identify gaps in CRVS legal systems; provide technical assistance with drafting legislation and regulations to address those gaps in order to lay the groundwork for comprehensive CRVS reform.  

Technical Assistance is provided by partners from the Data for Health Initiative.

NCD Surveys

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Survey design and planning

Supports technical assistance to country governments (e.g., Ministry of Health) in using mobile phone technology to collect city- or nationally-representative data for ongoing NCD risk factor surveillance via the NCD Mobile Phone Survey. Data are collected through text message (SMS), automated phone calls (IVR), and/or mobile web via a web-based platform. Data from the mobile survey are compared to the WHO STEPS household survey which is conducted in select overlapping countries within this component.

Survey implementation

Supports technical assistance to government across the five stages of the mobile phone survey implementation process i) engagement and orientation; ii) mobile phone technology planning and pretest; iii) data collection; iv) data management and analysis; and v) data release and use.

Survey analysis

Supports technical assistance to assist with development of a data analysis plan, which includes facilitation of the calculation of sampling weights, production of official fact sheet, and capacity building through data analysis workshops.

Survey dissemination

Supports technical assistance to governments on survey dissemination through the components of a data release package, including final weights analysis dataset, data dictionary, fact sheet, executive summary, and press release. Country fact sheets and public use datasets are released publicly as permitted by in-country data release policies within one year of data collection. The initiative encourages countries to make anonymized data publicly available to inform NCD priorities, promote research using mobile telephony, and facilitate cross-country comparisons.

Technical Assistance is provided by partners from the Data for Health Initiative: World Health Organization, the CDC Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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