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Finding Statistics & Data

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This guide is intended to help you get started navigating the statistics and data landscape, with a focus on: 

  • data search tools
  • selected data repositories & collections
  • selected data collecting organizations
  • selected social science data sources by topic

Use the menu on the left to navigate through the different sections of this guide. 

If you would like assistance locating statistics or data or have any other questions, please reach out by email or schedule a consultation

Some Points to Consider

Who generates and publishes statistics?

Examples of some groups that generate statistics:

  • Government agencies (best known and most prolific producers)
  • International organizations
  • Think tanks
  • Independent survey, polling, market research, and data organizations
  • Economists and banks
  • Corporations
  • Universities
  • Research centers
  • Interest groups:  advocacy, religious, and nonprofit organizations
  • Publishers and media
What criteria can be used to evaluate statistical sources?

Attempt to determine  the quality of the data e.g. the research methodology used to gather the statistics, validity, and reliability of the research tool.  Some questions to ask:

  • Who is the author(s)? What are the author(s) qualifications/authority?
  • What is the date range of the data and is it intended to be current or historical?
  • Who is the intended audience?  What type of publication is the data published in and is the data clearly represented?
  • Are the statistics accurate?  Can they be verified?  Is there bias?