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SAVVY: Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy

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A resource library of best-practice methods for strengthening vital events monitoring and measurement, including causes of death.

Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy (SAVVY) is a system for strengthening vital events monitoring and measurement, including causes of death. SAVVY provides nationally representative information about levels and causes of mortality as well as other indicators not available from other sources.

Overview Booklet

Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy (SAVVY): An Overview provides a concise overview of the SAVVY system.

Central Office Manuals

Data Processing Manager's Manual provides both an overview and step-by-step discussion of the SAVVY data processing system. The SAVVY data system uses CSPro, a free software developed and supported by the U.S. Census Bureau, available for downloading at: http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/cspro/downinfo.htm.

The relevant SAVVY system applications that use CSPro are within the folder called “SAVVY CSPro.” All files within the SAVVY CSPro subfolder need to be copied to your computer’s hard drive in order for you to run them (the SAVVY data processing system files cannot be used directly from this webpage). Two instructional manuals for starting and operating CSPro software, CSPro Getting Started, version 3.3, and CSPro User’s Guide, version 3.3, are in the “CSPro” folder.

SAVVY Budget Manual and SAVVY budget spreadsheet template software are used in the budgeting process for SAVVY planning.

Verbal Autopsy Certifier and Coder's Manual provides an overview of cause-of-death certification and an outline of the step-by-step process involved in coding information collected from verbal autopsy procedures.

Field Office Manager's Manual describes the roles and responsibilities of the field office manager, a senior district official responsible for managing operations of the SAVVY system at the district or province level.

Census Survey Field Manuals

Census Interviewer's Manual provides baseline census interviewers with a complete description of their roles and responsibilities. This manual also includes documents that can be revised to meet local needs:

SAVVY Census Household Questionnaire, the baseline census survey form

Household Return-Visit Form

SAVVY System Information Letter

Historic Calendar

Census Address Listing Book

Census Update Interviewer's Manual provides census update interviewers with a description of their roles and responsibilities. The manual provides guidelines for canvassing an assignment area, reading and updating an assignment area map, reading and revising a pre-printed address listing book, and completing the SAVVY census update questionnaire and SAVVY census change questionnaire. This manual also includes documents that can be revised to meet local needs.

SAVVY Census Update Questionnaire

SAVVY Census Change Questionnaire

Household Return-Visit Form

SAVVY System Information Letter

Historic Calendar Example

Census Update Address Listing Book

Census Supervisor's Manual prepares census supervisors for their role and responsibilities during the baseline and the update rounds of the census. It provides guidelines for supervising interviewers when they are canvassing assignment areas, reading and updating maps, completing address listing books, and completing SAVVY baseline and update census questionnaires. This manual also includes documents that can be revised to meet local needs:

Supervisor's Management Record

Initial Observation Checklist

Quality Assurance Review Page

Quality Assurance Check Record

Unit Verification Form

Error List

Census Supervisor Coordinator's Manual describes the duties of the census supervisor coordinator during the baseline census and the census update rounds. The manual provides guidelines on the field observation of census supervisors in order to determine if interviewers are being properly trained and monitored during the interview period. This manual also includes documents that can be revised to meet local needs:

Training Observation Form

Initial Observation Checklist

Quality Assurance Review Page

Quality Assurance Check Record

On-the-Job Training Observation Checklist

Unit Verification Form

Error List

Household Return-Visit Form

Verbal Autopsy Field Manuals


Key Informant's Manual provides key informants with a description of their roles and responsibilities in the SAVVY system. The manual is used as a training and reference guide for reporting deaths in assignment areas, and procedures to follow for setting up appointments for verbal autopsy interviews. This manual includes documents that can be revised to meet local needs:

KI Mortality Register

Address Listing Book

SAVVY System Information Letter

Historical Calendar of Events

Verbal Autopsy Interviewer's Manual provides verbal autopsy interviewers with a description of their roles and responsibilities. The manual is to be used as a training and reference guide during an interviewer's course of work within their assignment areas. The manual provides guidelines for working with key informants, and procedures to follow when conducting interviews with bereaved families. This manual includes documents that can be revised to meet local needs:

International Verbal Autopsy Form 1: Death of a Child Under 4 Weeks

  • this form is also available in French

International Verbal Autopsy Form 2: Death of a Child Aged 4 Weeks to 14 Years

  • this form is also available in French

International Verbal Autopsy Form 3: Death of a Child Aged 15 Years and Above

  • this form is also available in French

VA Reporting Log Book

SAVVY System Information Letter

Historical Calendar of Events

Verbal Autopsy Supervisor's Manual specifies the procedures and criteria to be used during selection and training of various cadres; and also highlights the supervisory and administrative arrangements that need to be made and implemented before, during, and after completion of data collection.

Training Guides and Workbooks

Census Interviewer Training Guide is used by trainers preparing training sessions for census interviewers.

Census Interviewer's Workbook is used by census interviewer trainees during their training sessions.

Census Update Interviewer Training Guide is used by trainers preparing training sessions for census update interviewers.

Census Update Interviewer's Workbook is used by census update trainees during their training sessions.

Census Supervisor Training Guide is used by trainers preparing training sessions for census supervisors.

Key Informant Training Guide is used by trainers preparing training sessions for key informants.

Verbal Autopsy Interviewer Training Guide is used by trainers preparing training sessions for verbal autopsy interviewers.

Verbal Autopsy Supervisor Training Guide is used by trainers preparing training sessions for verbal autopsy.

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