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Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy (SAVVY)

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The SAVVY method was developed by MEASURE Evaluation as a means of collecting more detailed information on deaths and mortality in developing countries by combining sample vital registration and verbal autopsy techniques. Inherent in the SAVVY method is the assumption that, alone, the latter tools cannot produce sufficiently detailed data on scope and causes of mortality. But by combining such tools, more comprehensive data can be yielded.

SAVVY is essentially a variation of Demographic Surveillance and relies upon an existing Demographic Surveillance System (DSS) to be implemented. Where DSS is established in a representative sample of areas (with annual or semi-annual update rounds), SAVVY introduces active death reporting which occurs in parallel. Deaths identified are then followed-up with Verbal Autopsy by interviewers to determine cause of death.

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PLoS Medicine Setel PW, Rao C, Hemed Y, Whiting DR, Yang G, et al. (2006) Core verbal autopsy procedures with comparative validation results from two countries. PLoS Med 3(8): e268.

Tropical Medicine and International Health Setel, PW; Whiting DR; Hemed Y; Chandramohan, D; Wolfson, LJ; Alberti, KG; Lopez, AD (2006). Validity of verbal autopsy procedures for determining cause of death in Tanzania. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 5:681-96.

Bulletin of the World Health Organisation Setel, PW; Sankoh, O; VA Velkoff, C Mathers and Y Gonghuan et al (2005) Sample registration of vital events with verbal autopsy: a renewed commitment to measuring and monitoring vital statistics. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 83:611-17.

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Measure Evaluation MEASURE Evaluation, general SAVVY webpage:

Measure Evaluation MEASURE Evaluation (2006) MEASURE Evaluation’s SAVVY: a toolset for counting every person. FS-06-04 (12/03/06). Chapel Hill: MEASURE Evaluation.

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