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Social Indicators

Selected Social Science Research Resources

The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Bibliography Series

John James Dillard, Social Work & Social Sciences Librarian,
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This guide offers a selected list specifically intended to aid researchers who are looking for Social Indicator data for statistical analysis and informative and illustrative comparisons. Effective policies and informative publications usually need the best information on thousands of social variables and issues that impact on social problems.

The arrangement below starts with a link to the selected data collection that contains the social indicators. This is presented with a title and a brief annotation and additional links to relevant sections in the collection. Then this is followed in many cases by a bulleted list of links to searches to one or more recent articles, books, or dissertations that may have used data or might have discussed the data in the collection.

Many of the selected data sources are Free Full-Text OnLine. However, a few data collections on this list are available only to current UT Arlington students and current UT Arlington Faculty. Researchers who are not currently in the UT Arlington community might turn to other university libraries for access.

Quickly locate topics using Ctrl-F to find a key word or specific phrase. If you do not know this procedure please contact me to learn this type of quick and easy webpage search procedure.

Independent scholars and students at other universities may need to access some of the databases, articles, books, and dissertations via the online collections (JSTOR, ProQuest, Wiley, and others) through their own libraries' subscriptions, or obtain the needed research resources free or at low cost via the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service.

ADPSS Sociodata (Data Archive for Social Sciences).
ADPSS Sociodata image "ADPSS-Sociodata is one of the most important Italian Data Archive for the Social Sciences. Its aim is promoting social sciences data exchange, sharing and analysis." (from the About Us section of the website.)

"[ADPSS Sociodata (Data Archive for Social Sciences) was] constituted in the 1999 as a joint project between ADPSS (Archivio Dati e Programmi per le Scienze Sociali -- Data and Software Archive for the Social Science) -- founded in 1970 at the Istituto Superiore di Sociologia of Milan -- and Sociodata, a laboratory of social sciences constituted in 1997 in the Sociological Department of Milan University (Faculty of Political Sciences). Currently, ADPSS-Sociodata works inside the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milan -- Bicocca." (from the About Us section of the website.)

How to Get the Data

Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies.
Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies image "The Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal is located within the College of Health Sciences of the University.
The Africa Centre is funded by the Wellcome Trust for its core population-based research. The Centre has been based since its inception in the Umkhanyakude district of KwaZulu-Natal, where the burden of disease from HIV is immense. The Centre currently has its headquarters at Somkhele in KwaZulu-Natal, with access to laboratories and offices at the University in Durban, including the first floor of the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute building." (from the About section of the website.)

"The Africa Centre has built up, since January 2000, an extensive longitudinal database of demographic, social, medical and economic information about the members of its Demographic Surveillance Area, which is situated in a rural area of northern KwaZulu Natal where HIV prevalence is extremely high." (from the Datasets section of the website.)


AidData image "AidData is a research and innovation lab making information on development finance more accessible and actionable. Tracking more than $6 trillion dollars from 90+ donor agencies, AidData undertakes cutting-edge research on aid distribution and impact, geocodes and crowdsources aid information, and develops applications and custom data solutions for diverse stakeholders. The AidData team works with a wide range of partner organizations to collect, visualize, and analyze development finance for more effective development policy, practice, and research." (from the Our Story section of the website.)

"AidData was formed in 2009 from the merger of two programs: Project-Level Aid (PLAID) and Accessible Information on Development Activities (AiDA). PLAID, begun in 2003, was a joint effort between the College of William & Mary and Brigham Young University to create a database of development finance activities for use in the research community. AiDA was established in 2001 by Development Gateway to serve as a registry of aid activities to improve aid coordination and effectiveness." (from the Our Story section of the website.)

AidData User Guide

About Our Data

American FactFinder.
American FactFinder image Source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data from Census 2010, 2000, and 1990 Decennial Census, the 1997, 2002, and 2007 Economic Censuses, the American Community Survey, the Population Estimates Program, and the Annual Survey of Manufactures. (from the Data & Statistics: National website)

American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys. (from the American FactFinder website)

American Community Survey (ACS) image The American Community Survey (ACS) is one of the more useful portions of the American Factfinder website for social research. (see the information on the American Community Survey website)

"The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing... The ACS collects and produces population and housing information every year instead of every ten years. Collecting data every year provides more up-to-date information throughout the decade about the U.S. population at the local community level."

"In 2006, the ACS sample was expanded to include the population living in group quarters. Group quarters include nursing homes, correctional facilities, military barracks, and college/university housing among others." (from the About the American Community Survey)

US Census Bureau




Archaeology Data Service (ADS).
Archaeology Data Service image "The Archaeology Data Service supports research, learning and teaching with freely available, high quality and dependable digital resources. It does this by preserving digital data in the long term, and by promoting and disseminating a broad range of data in archaeology. The ADS promotes good practice in the use of digital data in archaeology, it provides technical advice to the research community, and supports the deployment of digital technologies." (from the About Us section of the website.)

"ADS's mission is to support research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources. Fundamental to us fulfilling this mission is an ongoing programme of research into all areas of digital preservation, resource discovery and data sharing. Consequently we are actively engaged with research projects working with partners in all sectors of UK archaeology; academic, government, commercial and local. In addition to UK focussed research activities the ADS has a long track record of successful leadership and participation in European Union funded projects and more recently in collaboration with partners in the United States of America." (from the Research section of the website.)



Australian Data Archive (ADA).
Australian Data Archive (ADA) image "The Australian Data Archive (ADA) provides a national service for the collection and preservation of digital research data and to make these data available for secondary analysis by academic researchers and other users." (from the Welcome to the Australian Data Archive section of the website.)

"The Australian Data Archive (ADA) is a consortium of leading national Australian universities, managed by the Australian National University (ANU). ADA was established at the ANU in 1981 with a brief to provide a national service for the collection and preservation of computer readable data relating to social, political and economic affairs and to make these data available for further analysis." (from the About the Australian Data archive section of the website.)

"A team of professional data archivists, advised by a panel of leading social scientists, provides both stewardship and outreach services to the Australian community. The archive:
acquires, documents, preserves and disseminates data online to a broad range of social science researchers in the university, government, and other sectors;
provides the only comprehensive social science data collection in Australia, with a catalogue of over 2000 data sets;
holds data from Australian surveys, opinion polls and censuses and includes data from other countries within the Asia Pacific region; [and]
is continually expanding and diversifying its collection." (from the About the Australian Data archive section of the website.)

Accessing Data from the Australian Data Archive

Browsing ADA

Searching the ADA data holdings

BADGIR (Better Access to Data for Global Interdisciplinary Research).
(BADGIR) Better Access to Data for Global Interdisciplinary Research image "Welcome to BADGIR, an on-line data archive at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The archive is a cooperative venture organized by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) with contributions from the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) and the Data and Information Services Center (DISC). Computing services are provided by the Social Science Computing Cooperative (SSCC). From this portal you can browse or search data documentation (e.g., metadata, codebooks) and univariate summary statistics (e.g., mean, frequency counts). Registered users can also create cross-tabulations that can be downloaded in MSExcel format, and perform regression analyses (registration required). Registered users who are interested in performing more sophisticated multivariate analyses can create and download customized data sets that can be imported into a variety of statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, STATA)." (from the Welcome to BADGIR section of the website.)

BADGIR - Better Access to Data for Global Interdisciplinary Research

Canadian Open Government Data Portal.
Canadian Open Data Experience image "Welcome to Canada's new Open Government portal. Here you can explore how the Government of Canada is working with the national and international open government community to create greater transparency and accountability, increase citizen engagement, and drive innovation and economic opportunities through Open Data, Open Information, and Open Dialogue." (from the homepage section of the website.)

Statistics & Data

Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA).
Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) image "The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was founded in 1999 by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).... Over the years CDHA built a dynamic training and research program that rests on a strong interdisciplinary foundation and easily adapts to new discoveries and developments." (from the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) homepage.)

Here is a list of "CDHA Research Themes: Aging and the life course; Determinants of disparities (ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic) of aging trajectories; Comparative international studies of population aging; Social and economic aspects of aging; [and] Biodemography." (from the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) homepage.)

"CDHA can assist researchers to create, document, and distribute public use microdata for secondary analysis.." (from the Data Services section of the website.)

"The Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA) contains data on (a) census and vital statistics information on population size (starting in 1841), all-cause death counts (starting in 1900) and cause-specific death counts (starting in 1950) up to 2014 for 19 countries; and (b) life tables adjusted for completeness and age misstatement for the same period. LAMBdA was originally created to support the empirical study of the history of mortality trends in Latin American countries after independence. It now also supports the study of very recent mortality trends and is particularly well suited for the study of old age mortality during the post-WWII period." (from the Projects section of the website.)

Data Services


Child Care and Early Education Research Connections.
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections image "Child Care & Early Education Research Connections, launched in 2004, promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making. Our vision is that children are well cared for and have rich learning experiences, and their families are supported and able to work. Through this website, we offer research and data resources for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and others." (from the About Us section of the website.)

"Research Connections is a partnership between the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan." (from the About Us section of the website.)

Datasets, Instruments and Tools for Analysis

State Data Tools

China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS).
China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) image "The China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) was designed to examine the effects of the health, nutrition, and family planning policies and programs implemented by national and local governments and to see how the social and economic transformation of Chinese society is affecting the health and nutritional status of its population." (from the CHNS homepage.)

"Since 1979 China has introduced sweeping reforms in the structure of its economy, family planning program, and financial accountability within enterprises and service sector organizations. At the same time, China has entered the world economy, reversing almost 30 years of isolation. The rapid increase in productivity has resulted in higher incomes and an ample food supply. Ongoing changes in disease patterns and health services have accompanied these increases. Changes are occurring at markedly different rates across the country. Post-reform China is facing a range of challenges in health, nutrition, and family planning. Income disparities have increased as coastal areas have become wealthier while the 300 poorest counties remain stagnate. The aging of the population and increased life expectancy have contributed to an increased demand for long-term care systems. Meanwhile, in rural areas economic progress continues to be in direct conflict with family planning goals. China's response to these changing problems is expected to include ongoing policy adjustments in this era of reform." (from the Project Description section of the website.)

Data Sets

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

China National Data (National Bureau of Statistics).
National Bureau of Statistics of China image "The national data provide the monthly, quarterly and annual, census regions, departments and international social and economic statistic data. It Offers a variety of file output, watchmaking, drawing, Indicators, visualization charts and geographic information data." (from the Finding Data section of the website.)



CIS Data Bank (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas).
CIS Data Bank image "The new online CIS platform allows results to be easily analysed by using interactive cross references and adaptable table and graph display options, enabling results to be exported to Excel and PDF." (from the New online platform for analysing data from CIS studies section of the website.)

"Search criteria can be expanded to enable a choice of year, free text or an advanced search tool with numerous fields. It is also possible to search by question, free text or using an advanced search tool. Finally, searches can be carried out by series." (from the New online platform for analysing data from CIS studies section of the website.)

"The online analysis platform is simple and intuitive, and therefore requires no instructions for use." (from the New online platform for analysing data from CIS studies section of the website.)

Access CIS

Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES).
Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES) image "The Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES), with support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), were initiated in recognition of the need for contemporary, comprehensive epidemiological data regarding the distributions, correlates, and risk factors of mental disorders among the general population with special emphasis on minority groups. The primary objective of the CPES was to collect data about the prevalence of mental disorders, impairments associated with these disorders, and their treatment patterns from representative samples of majority and minority adult populations in the United States." (from the Background section of the website.)

"CPES is a harmonization of three surveys on mental health. Browse the CPES interactive codebook, by subject, or individual surveys to view all questions or variables in CPES." (from the Welcome to CPES section of the website.)

Find CPES Data

Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA).
"Since its establishment in 1976, CESSDA has served as an informal umbrella organisation for the European national data archives. In June 2013 CESSDA was established as a permanent legal entity owned and financed by the individual member states' ministry of research or a delegated institution. Norway is hosting CESSDA, and the main office is located in Bergen." (from the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) section of the website.)

"As of to-day 13 European countries are member of CESSDA: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. In addition the Slovak Republic is an observer of CESSDA." (from the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) section of the website.)

"The major objective for CESSDA is to provide seamless access to data across repositories, nations, languages and research purposes. CESSDA will encourage standardisation of data and metadata, data sharing and knowledge mobility across Europe. CESSDA aims to play an active part in the development of standards and, even more important, to encourage and facilitate the use of metadata standards for documenting and publishing the existing inventories of research data available from national as well as cross-national resources in Europe." (from the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) section of the website.)

"Data from sources currently outside CESSDA will also become available. CESSDA will create a more dynamic knowledge management web, contribute to metadata initiatives, improve existing technical infrastructures, promote capacity building, support less developed and less well-resourced organisations, and work toward a widening of CESSDA." (from the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) section of the website.)

Data Catalogue

Current Population Survey (CPS).
US Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS) image "The Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States. The CPS is the source of numerous high-profile economic statistics, including the national unemployment rate, and provides data on a wide range of issues relating to employment and earnings. The CPS also collects extensive demographic data that complement and enhance our understanding of labor market conditions in the nation overall, among many different population groups, in the states and in substate areas" (from the www.census.gov/cps section of the US Census website).



Data.Gov image "Data.gov federates data from hundreds of sources, including federal government, cities, counties, states, and universities. The total number of datasets reflects datasets plus data series and resources. A data series may contain a large number of additional products or files of the same type. Data resources are files that may be needed for context, formatting, or visualization of the dataset." (from the Catalog Help section of the website.)

"Once you find a dataset or tool of interest, click on the title and you will be taken to a page with more details on that specific dataset or tool. Some datasets are downloadable, while others are links to web sites or apps that help you access or use the data. Datasets can be searched by key word, format, community, organization type, and or organization." (from the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) section of the website.)

Home of the U.S. Government's Open Data

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR).
Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) image "Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) aims to serve the demographic community by archiving, preserving, and disseminating data relevant for population studies. Specifically, DSDR has four primary aims:
1. to provide data acquisition, dissemination, and preservation services;
2. to improve the science of data sharing;
3. to support the sharing of restricted use data; and
4. to provide institutional and user support services and community outreach." (from the About Us section of the website.)

"DSDR is a project supported by the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. We are housed within ICPSR and operate in collaboration with the Carolina Population Center (CPC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) at the University of Minnesota, the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan, the Hopkins Population Center (HPC) at Johns Hopkins University, and the Population Research Center at the RAND Corporation." (from the About Us section of the website.)

"The DSDR mission is supported by several key aims:

Public-Use Data Sharing. Provide investigators with tools that will help them to disseminate public access versions of their data, including consultation about dissemination strategies, assistance with disclosure risk analysis, and the development of user-friendly documentation, metadata, and user tools. To create a searchable index of key demographic and population research.

Restricted-access Data Sharing. Provide investigators with tools and strategies for the dissemination of restricted-access (confidential) data. Consult researchers about categories of data that require restriction, model restricted-access contracts, standards for the establishment of secure data downloads, and enclave facilities in North Carolina, Michigan, and Minnesota at which restricted-use data can be made available. Provide management of restricted-access data dissemination for investigators who wish to turn the responsibility over to DSDR, or whose project funding has ended.

User Support, Outreach, and Specialized Training. Assist investigators in ensuring that potential users can locate their data, get support in all the stages of acquisition and use, and receive appropriate training in data use, especially for complex datasets. Consult and collaborate with data producers to prepare data for archiving, conduct data confidentiality and disclosure reviews, and provide data producers with models guide them through the data preparation process.

Archiving. Provide long-term secure archiving of public-use and restricted-use data, in order to ensure that these precious resources are permanently preserved for future use.

Research and Development. Improve the science of data sharing and archiving, by investing in improvements to the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and in the design of software to enhance Web-based dissemination, and by selectively investigating questions of study design and dissemination related to confidentiality, security, and disclosure risk." (from the Mission Statement section of the website.)

Access Restricted Data

Search Holdings

DataCite.org image "We want to help make data more accessible and more useful; our purpose is to develop and support methods to locate, identify and cite data and other research objects. Specifically, we develop and support the standards behind persistent identifiers for data, and our members assign them." (from the What Do We Do? section of the website.)

"Data citation is fundamental as it enables easy reuse and verification of data, making it possible to track and quantify the impact of data. Citation creates a scholarly structure that recognises and rewards the producers of data." (from the Services section of the website.)

"DataCite's ultimate goal is to promote and facilitate the sharing of data. Why is it so important and worthwhile to share data? There is a growing consensus in the research community, and society generally, that primary research data resulting from publicly funded research should be shared widely so that the maximum benefits can be gained from the investment." (from the Why Share Data? section of the website.)

"Databib and "re3data.org - Registry of Research Data Repositories" are pleased to announce their plan to merge their two projects into one service that will be managed under the auspices of DataCite by the end of 2015.
The aim of this merger is to reduce duplication of effort and to better serve the research community with a single, sustainable registry of research data repositories that incorporates the best features of both projects." (from the DataCite, re3data.org, and Databib Announce Collaboration section of the website.)

Metadata Search

Find a Repository

Find a Dataset

DataFirst image "DataFirst is a data service dedicated to making South African and other African survey and administrative microdata available to researchers and policy analysts. We promote high quality research by providing the essential research infrastructure for discovering and accessing data and by developing skills among prospective users, particularly in South Africa. We undertake research on the quality and usability of national data and encourage data usage and data sharing." (from the DataFirst section of the website.)

"DataFirst is a Research Unit and Data Service based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. We give researchers online access to survey and administrative microdata (data at unit record level) from South Africa and other African countries. We assist researchers to use the data via our online helpdesk and offer formal training courses in microdata analysis." (from the About DataFirst section of the website.)

"We aim for a data rich research-policy interface in South Africa, where data reuse by policy analysts in academia serves to refine inputs to government planning." (from the About DataFirst section of the website.)

Data Portal

Data Dissemination

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) of the US AID.
Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program image "The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries." (from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program section of the website.)

"Since 1984, The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has provided technical assistance to more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries, advancing global understanding of health and population trends in developing countries.
The DHS Program has earned a worldwide reputation for collecting and disseminating accurate, nationally representative data on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, gender, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and nutrition." (from the Who We Are section of the DHS website.)

US AID image "USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential." (from the Who We Are section of the USAIDwebsite.)

"U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.
Spending less than 1 percent of the total federal budget, USAID works in over 100 countries to: Promote broadly shared economic prosperity; Strengthen democracy and good governance; Protect human rights; Improve global health; Advance food security and agriculture; Improve environmental sustainability; Further education; Help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and Provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters." (from the Assistance to Foreign Countries section of the website.)

Data Resources

Economic Analysis & Data Services (EADS)

European Social Survey (ESS Data) (ESS Data archive).
European Social Survey (ESS Data) (ESS Data archive) image "The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years across Europe since 2001." (from the About ESS section of the website.)

"The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations." (from the About ESS section of the website.)

"The main aims of the ESS are: to chart stability and change in social structure, conditions and attitudes in Europe and to interpret how Europe's social, political and moral fabric is changing; ... to introduce soundly-based indicators of national progress, based on citizens' perceptions and judgements of key aspects of their societies; ... [and] to improve the visibility and outreach of data on social change among academics, policy makers and the wider public." (from the About ESS section of the website.)

Data and Documentation

Data and Documentation by Country

Literary Digest image "Dr. Gallup founded the American Institute of Public Opinion, the precursor of Gallup, in Princeton, N.J., in 1935. To ensure his independence and objectivity, Dr. Gallup resolved that he would undertake no polling that was paid for or sponsored in any way by special-interest groups such as the Republican and Democratic parties -- a principle Gallup upholds to this day."

"Dr. Gallup's initial breakthrough occurred in 1936, when he correctly predicted that Franklin Roosevelt would defeat Alfred Landon for the U.S. presidency -- directly contradicting The Literary Digest, the poll of record at the time. With national newspaper syndication of the "The Gallup Poll" and almost daily references in the press, "Gallup" soon became a household word." (from the George Gallup section of the website.)

"Dr. Gallup never tired of saying that there were billions of ways to live a life and that each one should be studied. Among his most ambitious projects was a global survey conducted in 1976 to determine the quality of life in all areas of the world, a study that sampled populations embracing two-thirds of the world's population. And in the late 1970s, he conducted an international values study that dealt with the social, moral, and religious attitudes of the peoples of most major European countries, including the Eastern bloc, and around the world. Today, Gallup's World Poll of more than 160 countries, which are home to 98% of the world's population, continues this noble mission." (from the George Gallup section of the website.)

"Gallup conducts nationally representative surveys face to face or via telephone in more than 160 countries and in over 140 languages, covering the emerging and developed world.
Gallup name image Many well-known organizations and influential academics use the World Poll to enhance their research and shape their work, either by accessing World Poll raw data, interacting with advanced aggregate data through Gallup Analytics, or adding questions to the global survey to create a new global data set for a specific set of indicators." (from the World Poll section of the website.)

"Dr. George Gallup said, "If democracy is about the will of the people, shouldn't someone find out what that will is?" With the creation of the Gallup World Poll in 2005, Gallup launched a 100-year initiative to measure the will of every person living in every corner of the earth. The Gallup World Poll has become the global gold standard of worldwide polling." (from the World Poll section of the website.)

Gallup Trends (Explore all Gallup trends in one place)

Gallup World Poll (Scientifically Measuring Attitudes and Behaviors Worldwide)

General Social Survey (GSS) at NORC.
General Social Survey (GSS) at NORC image "Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has been monitoring societal change and studying the growing complexity of American society. The GSS aims to gather data on contemporary American society in order to monitor and explain trends and constants in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes; to examine the structure and functioning of society in general as well as the role played by relevant subgroups; to compare the United States to other societies in order to place American society in comparative perspective and develop cross-national models of human society; and to make high-quality data easily accessible to scholars, students, policy makers, and others, with minimal cost and waiting."

"GSS questions include such items as national spending priorities, marijuana use, crime and punishment, race relations, quality of life, and confidence in institutions.
NORC - National Opinion Research Center image Since 1988, the GSS has also collected data on sexual behavior including number of sex partners, frequency of intercourse, extramarital relationships, and sex with prostitutes."

"The GSS is NORC's longest running project, and one of its most influential. Except for U.S. Census data, the GSS is the most frequently analyzed source of information in the social sciences. GSS data are used in numerous newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, by legislators, policy makers, and educators. The GSS is also a major teaching tool in colleges and universities: more than 22,000 journal articles, books and Ph.D. dissertations are based on the GSS; and about 400,000 students use the GSS in their classes each year." (from the General Social Survey (GSS) section of the website.)

"The GSS contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings. The GSS takes the pulse of America, and is a unique and valuable resource. It has tracked the opinions of Americans over the last four decades.

"The GSS is widely regarded as the single best source of data on societal trends. The 1972-2012 GSS has 5,545 variables, time-trends for 2,072 variables, and 268 trends having 20+ data points." (from the GSS section of the website.)



GESIS -- Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.
GESIS: Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences image "GESIS (German Social Science Infrastructure Services) -- Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is the largest infrastructure institution for the Social Sciences in Germany. More than 250 employees in three locations (Mannheim, Cologne, Berlin) render substantial, nationally and internationally relevant research-based infrastructure services." (from the The Foundation for Excellence section of the website.)

"Established in 1986 as German Social Science Infrastructure Services and publicly prefunded , GESIS consisted of the three independent institutes Social Science Information Centre (IZ) in Bonn, Central Archive for Empirical Social Research in Cologne (ZA), and Centre for Survey Research and Methodology (ZUMA) in Mannheim." (from the History section of the website.)

"Since 2007 GESIS has merged into one institute. In November 2008 GESIS has assumed the name addition "Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences" to emphasize its membership to the Leibniz Association." (from the History section of the website.)

"GESIS researches questions on social structure, particularly in the area in of social change, from the perspective of various social science disciplines with special emphasis placed on pursuing an international comparative perspective. GESIS research in this area currently focuses on: Women and Gender Research; Historical Research; Social Indicators Research; Analysis of Social Structure; Electoral and Political Research; [and] Values and Attitude Research." (from the Social Science Research section of the website.)

"Research on social indicators concentrates on various aspects of measurement and analysis of well-being and life quality in Germany as well as in international - above all European - comparison and the focus can be ordered according to three topics: Conceptual and methodological questions; Welfare and quality of life; [and] Social inequality." (from the Social Indicators Research section of the website.)

Data News, GESIS - Data Archive

Search for Data

Harvard Dataverse Network.
Harvard logo image "The Dataverse is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others work. Researchers, data authors, publishers, data distributors, and affiliated institutions all receive appropriate credit." (from the About the Project section of the website.)

"The Dataverse software is being developed at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University." (from the History of the Project section of the website.)

Dataverse Network Project image "The core of the development of Dataverse continues to take place at IQSS. However, the project has a growing open-source community from a number of institutions around the world, who contributes to improve and expand the software." (from the The Development Team at IQSS section of the website.)

Search the Harvard Dataverse Network

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) image "The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity. HRSA's programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable." (from the About HRSA section of the website.)

"This includes people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers, and their families and those in need of high quality primary health care. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery." (from the About HRSA section of the website.)

HRSA Data Warehouse image "HRSA oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice, waste, fraud and abuse." (from the About HRSA section of the website.)

The mission of the HRSA is "To improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs. . . . Since 1943 the agencies that were HRSA precursors have worked to improve the health of needy people. HRSA was created in 1982, when the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration were merged." (from the About HRSA section of the website.)

Data & Statistics

Data Portal

Healthcare Research and Quality (NHQR) State Snapshots.
"The field of health care quality improvement is calling for more and more evidence. The evidence comes from activities such as tracking rates for targeting interventions and examining quality and disparities mechanisms. Researchers and analysts are key contributors to this forum. These professionals need summary data to brainstorm study ideas and cursory analyses to jumpstart projects." (from the Researcher or Analyst section of the website.)

"The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) has the largest collection of nationwide and State-specific longitudinal hospital care data in the United States and enables research on a range of health policy issues." (from the Data Spotlight section of the website.)

Healthcare Research and Quality (NHQR) State Snapshots from AHRQ image "Health care costs have increased over time, and efforts are underway to lower costs while providing needed improvements in quality of care. Policies that challenge health care stakeholders to improve care include safer care environments. Data on performance have become a quintessential tool for planning quality improvement strategies on a more localized level." (from the Healthcare Stakeholder. section of the website.)

"Health care policy in the United States is being actively reformed. Attention is focused on improving health care quality and reducing health disparities. More importantly, there is an emphasis on action. Standards of care are being raised and reinforced. Transparency via public reporting on performance has become a broadly accepted practice." (from the Policymaker section of the website.)

Data Query

Resources for Addressing Disparities and Improving Quality

INDEPTH Data Repository.
INDEPTH Data Repository image "The International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and Their Health (INDEPTH) is a global network of research centres that conduct longitudinal health and demographic evaluation of populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). INDEPTH aims to strengthen global capacity for Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSSs), and to mount multi-site research to guide health priorities and policies in LMICs, based on up-to-date scientific evidence." (from the What is this? Who is INDEPTH? section of the website.)

"INDEPTH is a pioneer in health and population research, providing robust answers to some of the most important questions in development. Through its global network of health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) field sites in Africa, Asia and Oceania, it is capable of producing reliable longitudinal data not only about the lives of people in low- and middle-income countries, but about the impact on those lives of development policies and programmes." (from the INDEPTH Network section of a related website.)

Central Data Catalog

How to use it?

Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS).
Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) image "We aim to move the social sciences from thinking about the greatest problems affecting human societies to understanding and solving them. After thousands of years of trial and error, social scientists in this generation have finally figured out how to amass enough information about the people, groups, and societies we study and to invent the methods, theories, and technologies necessary to make these data actionable." (from the Message from the Director section of the website.)

"IQSS builds cutting edge social science infrastructure, fosters a flourishing community of social scientists, and does whatever it can to help students, faculty, and staff leverage each other's advances and take us all to the next level." (from the Message from the Director section of the website.)

Data Science & Products

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) image "Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving member colleges and universities by providing access to a large database of machine-readable social science data sets
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research is part of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan" (from the find ICPSR then click "More" section of the website).

"Mission Statement: ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations."
"An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community."
"ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields" (from the About ICPSR section of the website).

Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan image "ISR (Institute for Social Research) is the world's largest academic social science survey and research organization. We are a leader in developing and applying new social science methods, and are committed to educating the next generation of social scientists." (from the About the ISR section of the website.)


iPoll image
Roper Center image The Roper Center's iPoll DataBank "is the largest archive of public opinion polls with over 500,000 questions and answers asked in the U.S. since 1935. Topics include: economic issues/policy; education; elections, political parties/figures; government institutions; health issues; international affairs; news media/coverage; personal characteristics, beliefs, and lifestyles; polls and polling; science & technology; social issues; and U.S. defense & foreign policy. Also included are several thousand polls taken in some 70 foreign countries with emphasis on Latin America" (from the iPoll Roper Center website).


Dataset Search

Topics at a Glance

IPUMS-I (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series - International).
IPUMS-I image "IPUMS-International is a project dedicated to collecting and distributing census data from around the world. Its goals are to: Collect and preserve data and documentation, Harmonize data, [and] Disseminate the data absolutely free!" (from the IPUMS-International section of the website.)

"IPUMS-International is an effort to inventory, preserve, harmonize, and disseminate census microdata from around the world. The project has collected the world's largest archive of publicly available census samples. The data are coded and documented consistently across countries and over time to facillitate comparative research. IPUMS-International makes these data available to qualified researchers free of charge through a web dissemination system." (from the Project Description section of the website.)

"Most population data -- especially census data -- have traditionally been available only in aggregated tabular form. IPUMS-International is composed of microdata, which means that it provides information about individual persons and households. This makes it possible for researchers to create tabulations tailored to their particular questions. Since IPUMS-International includes most of the information originally recorded by census enumerators, users can construct a great variety of tabulations interrelating any desired set of variables. Data are made available through a data extraction system in which users select the variables and samples they desire. They download the data and analyze them on their local computer." (from the Project Overview section of the website.)

Browse and Select Data

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Online Tutorials

Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA).
Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) image "The Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) is Ireland's leading centre for quantitative data acquisition, preservation, and dissemination. Based at UCD [University College Dublin] Library, its mission is to ensure wide access to quantitative datasets in the social sciences, and to advance the promotion of international comparative studies of the Irish economy and Irish society." (from the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) section of the website.)

"It holds a range of key Irish and international comparative datasets, and makes them available for secondary analysis by students, academics, and researchers in the public and commercial sectors." (from the About us section of the website.) "All data disseminated by ISSDA have undergone rigorous checks to ensure that they have been fully anonymised, thus protecting the individual data confidentiality." (from the About us section of the website.)

"ISSDA is committed to maintaining these data resources for the long term, ensuring that, as data formats evolve and advance, the archive's holdings are always available in easily accessible forms. This website contains full details of ISSDA's holdings, please contact us if you require further information." (from the About us section of the website.)

Irish Social Science Data Archive Catalogue


LISS Panel (Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social Sciences).
LISS Panel (Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social Sciences) image "Obtaining data for your research can be easy. This is what the LISS panel is here for." (from the LISS Panel (Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social Sciences) section of the website.)

"The LISS panel is the core element of the MESS project (Measurement and Experimentation in the Social Sciences). This project is devoted to enabling researchers to benefit from existing data, to carry out their own survey or to design a special experiment." (from the LISS Panel (Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social Sciences) section of the website.)

"All LISS data published on the website are available to academic researchers and policy makers." (from the LISS Panel (Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social Sciences) section of the website.)

How to Use the Panel

Research in the LISS Panel

Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam.
Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam image "The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) is a longitudinal study that started in 1992 to determine predictors and consequences of aging." (from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam section of the website.)

"LASA focuses on physical, emotional, cognitive, and social functioning in late life, the connections between these aspects, and the changes that occur in the course of time." (from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam section of the website.)

"Collaboration is of great importance in scientific research and researchers are encouraged to use data from LASA in their work. Researchers wishing to work with data from LASA are welcome to submit a research proposal." (from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam section of the website.)

Masterindex A - Z of the LASA-documentation

Minnesota Population Center (MPC).
Minnesota Population Center (MPC) image "The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. The MPC serves more than 80 faculty members and research scientists from eight colleges and institutes at the University of Minnesota. As a leading developer and disseminator of demographic data, we also serve a broader audience of some 60,000 demographic researchers worldwide." (from the About MPC section of the website.)

"Members share a commitment to cross-disciplinary research and a focus on the analysis of demographic behavior across time and space. Our membership has a strong empirical orientation, and much of our work involves large-scale data analysis and policy-relevant research. Research strengths include historical demography, population geography, labor-force studies, migration and immigration, health behavior, healthcare access and use, life-course studies, education, and family demography." (from the About MPC section of the website.)

Data User Resources


National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD).
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) image "The mission of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources; through the production of original research based on archived data; and through specialized training workshops in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data." (from the Mission Statement section of the website.)

"NACJD provides the following services to assist those using our data collections: The identification of appropriate criminological and criminal justice data collections on specific topics; Custom subsetting of selected data files through our online Survey Documentation and Analysis; [and] Assistance with the retrieval and use of files obtained from the archive." (from the NACJD User Services section of the website.)

Analyze Data Online

Download Data

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN).
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) image "A resource since 1988, the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) promotes scholarly exchange among researchers in the child maltreatment field. NDACAN acquires microdata from leading researchers and national data collection efforts and makes these datasets available to the research community for secondary analysis." (from the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) homepage.)

"The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) promotes secondary analysis of child abuse and neglect data by providing researchers with high quality datasets, documentation, and technical support, and encourages collaboration within the scientific community." (from the Mission section of the website.)

"NDACAN disseminates datasets of archived research for secondary analysis with statistical software such as SPSS or SAS." (from the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the website.)

"The Archive staff provides free support for users of the data it distributes. This support addresses issues such as importing the data to your analysis program, clarification of variable labels, or problems with the data as delivered." (from the User Support section of the website.)



Pairfam (Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics).
Pairfam (Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics) image "The 2008-launched German Family Panel pairfam (Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics) is a multi-disciplinary, longitudinal study for researching partnership and family dynamics in Germany. The annually collected survey data from a nationwide random sample of more than 12,000 persons of the three birth cohorts 1971-73, 1981-83, 1991-93 and their partners, parents and children offers unique opportunities for the analysis of partner and generational relationships as they develop over the course of multiple life phases." (from the pairfam - The German Family Panel section of the website.)

"Professionally prepared and documented data of the German Family Panel are provided to the global scientific community. The scientific use file currently available includes the first four pairfam survey waves. The package is supplemented by data of an additional sample of eastern Germans (DemoDiff) and a wide variety of small-scale regional indicators (Macrodata)." (from the pairfam - The German Family Panel section of the website.)

"The focus of pairfam is on the complex processes of partnership formation and development, starting and expanding a family, parenting and child development, and intergenerational relationships. Particular attention is paid to the social embeddedness of these processes. In addition, the comprehensive survey also touches on various issues from other life domains." (from the pairfam - The German Family Panel section of the website.)

Data and Data Service

Data Access

Pew Research Center.
Pew Research Center image "Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts." (from the About the Pew Research Center section of the website.)

"The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life." (from the about the Pew Charitable Trusts section of the website.)

Pew Research Center image "Independence, impartiality, open-mindedness and professional integrity are indispensable to the mission and success of the Pew Research Center." (from the Mission and History section of the website.)

"Pew Research Center has its origins in a research project created in 1990 by the Times Mirror newspaper company and called the Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press. The project conducted regular polls on politics and major policy issues. Andrew Kohut, the center's founding director of surveys and the former president of The Gallup Organization, became the director in 1993. In 1996, The Pew Charitable Trusts became the center's sponsor and renamed it the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
Pew Research Center image In the ensuing years, The Pew Charitable Trusts launched other information initiatives modeled on the success of the neutral, independent "just-the-facts" approach of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. These included the Project for Excellence in Journalism, launched in 1997; Pew Internet & American Life Project (1999); Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life (2001); Pew Hispanic Center (2001); and Pew Global Attitudes Project (2001)." (from the Mission and History section of the website.)

Download Data Sets

Global Attitudes Project

Social & Demographic Trends

Policy Agendas Project.
Policy Agendas Project image "The Policy Agendas Project collects and organizes data from various archived sources to trace changes in the national policy agenda and public policy outcomes since the Second World War." (from the About the Project section of the website.)

"In response to a clear need for better measurement of key concepts in the study of public policy, Bryan Jones and Frank Baumgartner initiated the Policy Agendas Project in 1993. It is now located in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Jones and Baumgartner began the project to address an inability of scholars and policymakers to trace changes in policy activity within particular policymaking areas across longer periods of time. This difficulty was due to the lack of consistent and reliable measures of policymaking activity within policy categories." (from the History and Development of the Project section of the website.)

"Without reliable measures of the occurrences of various policymaking activities that are comparable across time, policy scholars were not able to assess rigorously the extent to which activities had changed from one time period to another. As a consequence, the Policy Agendas Project developed a coding scheme utilizing 19 major topic and 225 subtopic codes. Codes are assigned based on policy content and are mutually exclusive and exhaustive. All activities are categorized, and each item (such as a congressional hearing) is assigned one and only one category." (from the History and Development of the Project section of the website.)

Datasets & Codebooks

Trend Analysis

Population Services International (PSI).
Population Services International (PSI) image "PSI is a global health organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges like a lack of family planning, HIV and AIDS, barriers to maternal health, and the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition." (from the Population Services International (PSI at a Glance) section of the website.)

"A hallmark of PSI is a commitment to the principle that health services and products are most effective when they are accompanied by robust communications and distribution efforts that help ensure wide acceptance and proper use.
PSI works in partnership with local governments, ministries of health and local organizations to create health solutions that are built to last." (from the Population Services International (PSI) section of the website.)

"PSI has an uncompromising focus on measurable health impact and measures its effect on disease and death much like a for-profit measures its profits. Just last year PSI saved the lives of 15,445 mothers, prevented 5,646,997 unintended pregnancies, stopped 254,792 new HIV infections, and avoided 273,740 deaths due to diseases like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia that most threaten young children." (from the PSI at a Glance section of the website.)

"Our 8,900 local experts in more than 65 countries are made stronger by the combined power of our network.." (from the Countries section of the website.)

Population Services International (PSI) on the Harvard Dataverse Network

Qualitative Data Repository (QDR).
Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) image "Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) selects, ingests, curates, archives, manages, durably preserves, and provides access to digital data used in qualitative and multi-method social inquiry. The repository develops and publicizes common standards and methodologically informed practices for these activities, as well as for the reusing and citing of qualitative data. Four beliefs underpin the repository's mission: data that can be shared and reused should be; evidence-based claims should be made transparently; teaching is enriched by the use of well-documented data; and rigorous social science requires common understandings of its research methods." (from the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) section of the website.)

"The Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) is a dedicated archive for storing and sharing digital data (and accompanying documentation) generated or collected through qualitative and multi-method research in the social sciences. QDR provides search tools to facilitate the discovery of data, and also serves as a portal to material beyond its own holdings, with links to U.S. and international archives." (from the About the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) section of the website.)

"Qualitative data are used by social scientists to advance a range of analytical, interpretive, and inferential goals. Yet in the United States, traditionally such data have been used only once: social scientists collect them for a particular research purpose, and then discard them. The lack of a data-sharing custom is due in part to an infrastructure gap -- the absence of a suitable venue for storing and sharing qualitative data." (from the About the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) section of the website.)

"QDR hopes to help to fill this gap. First, the repository expands and eases access to qualitative social science data. This access empowers research that otherwise would not be conducted, and promotes teaching and learning about generating, sharing, analyzing, and reusing qualitative data. Further, the repository contributes to making the process and products of qualitative research more transparent. This increased openness facilitates the replication, reproduction, and assessment of empirically based qualitative analysis. Finally, by increasing researcher visibility, the repository induces intellectual exchange, promoting the formation of epistemic communities and serving as a platform for research networks and partnerships." (from the About the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) section of the website.)

Discover Qualitative Data

Search for Qualitative Data

re3data.org - Registry of Research Data Repositories.
re3data.org: Registry of Research Data Repositories image "Research data are valuable and ubiquitous. The permanent access to research data is a challenge for all stakeholders in the scientific community. The long-term preservation and the principle of open access to research data offer broad opportunities for the scientific community. More and more universities and research centres are starting to build research data repositories allowing permanent access to data sets in a trustworthy environment." (from the About section of the website.)

"re3data.org is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. It presents repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions. re3data.org promotes a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data. The registry went live in autumn 2012 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)." (from the About section of the website.)

"re3data.org helps researchers to find appropriate repositories for the storage and access of research data. Further, it can be used by funding organisations to promote permanent access to research data from their funded research projects. In addition re3data.org offers publishers and academic institutions a tool for the identification of research data repositories where scientists can deposit their data." (from the FAQ section of the website.)

Search for Repositories

Browse by subject

Réseau Quetelet (French Data Archives for the Humanities and the Social Sciences).
Réseau Quetelet (French Data Archives for the Humanities and the Social Sciences) image "You have accessed the French portal for data in the humanities and social sciences. The Réseau Quetelet, in cooperation with its partners, provides researchers from France and abroad interested in data treatment with the requisite access to databases in the following domains: Major data, censuses and other databases of French National Statistics; Major French research data; [and] Privileged access to international data." (from the Réseau Quetelet section of the website.)

"The Réseau Quetelet, moreover, is a member of CESSDA, the European network of databanks for research." (from the Réseau Quetelet section of the website.)

About the Data

Data Catalogue Query (in French)

Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD).
RCMD Resource Center for Minority Data image "RCMD is a recent initiative of ICPSR. The changing demographic composition has expanded the scope of the U.S. racial and ethnic mosaic. As a result, interest and research on race and ethnicity has become more complex and expansive. Initially, ICPSR tapped its archives to assemble existing data files that focused upon communities of color. Since the late 1990's, there has been a marked increase in studies and projects on more minorities communities and exploring a wider range of experiences and relationships.

RCMD seeks to assist in the public dissemination and preservation of quality data to generate more "good science" for years to come. Finally, RCMD wants to be part of an interactive community of persons interested and be involved in minority related issues/investigations in order to make possible the broadest scope of research endeavors and examinations." (from the About the Project section of the website.)

"The mission for the Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) is to provide educators, researchers, and students with data resources so that they can produce analysis of issues affecting racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States.

For researchers [the RCMD provides]:
* Archive includes housing, health, education, crime, income and wealth, youth behavior, and politics files.
* Ethnic/racial over-sampling, and large sample sizes permits opportunities for extensive analysis of issues affecting racial/ethnic minority communities.
* Large on-going national surveys and administrative records, and studies by researcher(s) conducted on different racial/ethnic groups and at different levels of geography." (from the Mission Statement section of the website.)

Search and Browse Data

Bibliographic Search
"The bibliographic search allows users to see find publications resulting from the data. It is a continuously-updated database of thousands of citations of works using data held in the RCMD archive." (from the Tools section of the website.)

SimplyMap image "Geographic Research, Inc. (GRI) is a leading provider of mapping, spatial analysis, and GIS software development services to educational institutions, non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies." (from the About GRI section of the website.)

"Geographic Research, Inc. is also the developer of SimplyMap, an award-winning web-based mapping application that changes the way people use and interact with complex data. SimplyMap is simple enough for non-technical users to learn in minutes, yet powerful enough to help advanced users answer complex research questions." (from the Abour GRI section of the website.)

"A mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data. SimplyMap provides users the most current demographic, business, and marketing data available. SimplyMap provides the following nation-wide data: Demographic Variables: Population, Age, Race, Income, Ancestry, Marital Status, Housing, Employment, Transportation, Families, and more. Historical census data: including 1980, 1990 & 2000, plus current year census estimates and 5 year projections. Business Variables: Detailed Consumer Expenditure, Business & Employee Counts by Industry (by NAICS Code), Consumer Price Index, Quality of Life & Consumer Profiles, and Market Segments. Life Stage Clusters are a neighborhood classification system based on the crucial factors (84 Possible Life Stages based upon: Age of Head of Households; Marital Status; and Household Income) that determine life's key decisions. EASI/Mediamark Research Inc. (MRI) Propensity Data: Produces current estimates of usage and consumption (propensity) for thousands of very specific and detailed products, including actual brand data, details of frequency of usage, and more; annually prepares estimates for about 3,000+ MRI categories of propensities using updated demographic estimates; and Propensity Data incorporates the following data: Automotive, Beverages, Sports, Ailments/Remedies, Apparel, Appliances, Attitudes/Lifestyles, Baby, Computers, Electronics, Family Restaurants, and Fast Food, Financial, Grocery, Insurance, Internet, Leisure, Media, Personal Care, Pets, Purchasing, Telephony, Travel and Video. Health: Answers to frequently asked questions about disease, health status, doctor visits and more; Health Questions Age 18+ & under 18; and Death Causes." (from the SimplyMap section of the UT Libraries website.)

"Since there is some training required in order to understand a few concepts related to mapping, we highly recommend that you watch our 6 minute tutorial to get the most out of SimplyMap. The tutorial can be accessed by clicking on the "Tutorial" link in the top right corner of SimplyMap." (from the SimplyMap section of the UT Libraries website.)

Geographic Research, Inc.

Social Science Data Archive - UCLA (SSDA).
Social Science Data Archive image "The mission of the Social Science Data Archive has been and continues to be to provide a foundation for social science research with faculty support throughout an entire research project involving original data collection or the reuse of publicly available studies. Data Archive staff and researchers work as partners throughout all stages of the research process, beginning when a hypothesis or area of study is being developed, during grant and funding activities, while data collection and/or analysis is ongoing, and finally in long term preservation of research results. Our role is to provide a collaborative environment where the focus is on understanding the nature and scope of research approach and management of research output throughout the entire life cycle of the project." (from the About the Data Archive section of the website.)

"Data services have been operating at UCLA since 1961 when political science professor Dwaine Marvick established the Political Behavior Archive (PBA); through his efforts, UCLA was one of the 8 founding members of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) in 1962. When the Survey Research Center (SRC) was formed in 1964,under the direction of Eve Fielder, the PBA was merged with a planned Archive Data Library the SRC was to house. In 1977, Donald Treiman (Distinguished Professor, Sociology) was instrumental in designing and defining a newframework for the Data Archive. Under the guidance and stewardship of William A.V. Clark (Professor, Geography) the Archive developed into the popular campus facility of today." (from the About the Data Archive section of the website.)

Searching for Data

Archive Catalog

South African Data Archive (SADA).
South African Data Archive (SADA) image "The South African Data Archive serves as a broker between a range of data providers (for example, statistical agencies, government departments, opinion and market research companies and academic institutions) and the research community. The archive does not only preserve data for future use, but all adds value to the collections. It safeguards datasets and related documentation and attempts to make it as easily accessible as possible for research and educational purposes." (from the South African Data Archive (SADA) section of the website.)

"Existing research data can be an invaluable source for further studies. Such data are, however, currently scattered throughout the country. By preserving this research information in a single resource centre like SADA, unnecessary and costly duplication of research are decreased while the quality of the research findings are enhanced by using data from experienced researchers both locally and internationally." (from the South African Data Archive (SADA) section of the website.)

SADA Repository

Ordering Data

Statistics New Zealand - Data Archive.
Statistics New Zealand - Data Archive image "The data held in the Data Archive is a valuable source of information for researchers on a wide variety of topics from the 1970s to the present." (from the Statistics New Zealand - Data Archive section of the website.)

"The Statistics New Zealand Data Archive is a central repository for all the important statistical datasets and associated documentation, metadata, and publications that Statistics New Zealand produces. It also acts as a safe repository for datasets produced by other government agencies and government-funded statistical studies." (from the About the Data Archive section of the website.)

Browse for Statistics

Tools and Services

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) image "The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities." (from the About Us section of the website.)

"SAMHSA has prioritized data, outcomes and quality - realizing an integrated data strategy and a national framework for quality improvement in behavioral health care will inform policy, measure program impact, and lead to improved quality of services and outcomes of individuals, families, and communities. Data helps SAMHSA and the nation assess the impact of the changes to US health care systems and identify and address behavioral health disparities." (from the data section of the website.)

Behavioral Health Barometers

Browse by Publication Type

Data Section

Data, Outcomes, and Quality (DOQ) (Data Archive)

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Spotlights (Data)


Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) (50+ in Europe).
Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) (50+ in Europe) image "The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of more than 85,000 individuals (approximately 150,000 interviews) from 20 European countries (+Israel) aged 50 or over." (from the SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe homepage.)

"The data are available to the entire research community free of charge. For a summary overview of SHARE, you can download the SHARE brochure." (from the SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe homepage.)

"SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe - is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database. It provides micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of about 86,000 individuals aged 50 or over and their (younger) partners. It is harmonized with the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and has become a role model for several ageing surveys worldwide: KLoSA in South Korea, JSTAR in Japan, CHARLS in China, LASI in India and ELSI in Brasil." (from the Frequently Asked Questions FAQ section of the website.)

"The ratio of older people to total population is higher in Europe than on any other continent - and the phenomenon of population aging will continue well into this century. The Survey of Health, Ageing an Retirement in Europe (SHARE), whose first wave of data was collected in 2004, is the first study to examine the different ways in which people aged 50 and older live in twenty European countries from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and in Israel." (from the Overview section of the website.)

Data Access and Documentation

Research Data Center & Data Access

UK Data Service.
UK Data Service image "Delivering quality social and economic data resources"
"Our primary aim is to provide users with seamless and flexible access to a wide range of data resources to facilitate high quality social and economic research and education. All of our activities stem from this aim." (from the Our purpose section of the website.)

"Our aim is to fuel social science insights and policies"
"The UK Data Service is at the core of a network of trust that includes data owners, producers, funders and users." (from the Our data community section of the website.)

Discover data

Use data
"Behind everything we do is the desire to see data used to its maximum potential. To help you to make best use of our collection we offer resources and support for users." (from the Use data section of the website.)

WHO Global Health Observatory Data Repository.
World Health Organization image "WHO [World Health Organization] is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends." (from the About WHO section of the website.)

"In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats." (from the About WHO section of the website.)

"WHO fulfils its objectives through its core functions:
- providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;
- shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
- setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation;
- articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options;
- providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and
- monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends."
(from the The Role of WHO in Public Health section of the website.)

Country Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Data Repository

World Bank Development Indicators.
About the World Bank cover image The World Bank is working to end extreme poverty throughout the world. To that end, the group of interrelated organizations that make up the World Bank, provide development data free to anyone.

"Since inception in 1944, the World Bank has expanded from a single institution to a closely associated group of five development institutions. Our mission evolved from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) as facilitator of post-war reconstruction and development to the present-day mandate of worldwide poverty alleviation in close coordination with our affiliate, the International Development Association, and other members of the World Bank Group, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)."
"Once, we had a homogeneous staff of engineers and financial analysts, based solely in Washington, D.C. Today, we have a multidisciplinary and diverse staff that includes economists, public policy experts, sector experts and social scientists--and now more than a third of our staff is based in country offices."
"Reconstruction remains an important part of our work. However, at today's World Bank, poverty reduction through an inclusive and sustainable globalization remains the overarching goal of our work" (from the History section of the website.)


Gender Equality Data and Statistics

Topics in the Data

World Bank Data Catalog

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