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A Timely Guide to the American Community Survey: From the US Census Long Form to the ACS (CQ Press)
The Timely Guide site, presented in blog format, is a section of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census from CQ Press. The Guide was posted in December, in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau's release of the first set of American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates of population down to the census tract and block-group level for all geographic areas. The guide includes an introduction, frequently-asked questions, history and methodology of the ACS, and information on interpreting ACS data.
Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education and Statistics Canada)
The Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL) is an international comparative study designed to provide participating countries, including the United States, with information about the skills of their adult populations. ALL was first conducted in 2003, and built on previous studies including the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) which took place in 1994, 1996 and 1998. Reports are available in PDF.
Association of Research Libraries Statistics (Association of Research Libraries)
The Association of Research Libraries (a major organization in the field of academic librarianship) presents a site related to library data, particularly regarding collections, staffing, expenditures, and library and university characteristics. Annual tables from the general ARL statistics are available as Excel files; law library statistics and health science library statistics are presented in PDF tables.
Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) Longitudinal Study provides information concerning education and work experiences after completion of bachelor's degrees. Students are identified through the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS). The B&B study began with degree-earners in 1993, followed up in 1994, 1997, and 2003. A second cohort was identified in 2000 and followed up in 2001. The data is available online in DAS (matrix) format.
Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) Longitudinal Study (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) Longitudinal Study collects data on student experiences through college. Students are initially identified and surveyed through the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), and then followed up 2 and 5 years later through the BPS. The initial cohort was first surveyed in 1990, followed by a new cohort in 1996 and a third cohort in 2004. The data is available online in DAS (matrix) format.
Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool (Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Dept. of Education)
This site provides a searchable database of campus crime statistics for over 6000 colleges and universities. Users can create customized reports and download campus crime and fire data.
Center for Community College Student Engagement (Department of Educational Administration, University of Texas Austin)
The Center for Community College Student Engagement is an umbrella organization for survey research, focus group work, and related services for community and technical colleges. It conducts three surveys: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE) and the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE).
Center for International Development Research Datasets (Harvard University)
The Research Datasets Page at Harvard's Center for International Development (CID) contain links to datasets and accompanying papers results from research done at the Center. Data is presented in a various formats. Some titles include: Demographic Change and Economic Growth in Asia; International Data on Educational Attainment: Updates and Implications; and, Sources of Slow Growth in African Economies.
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (CCEERC) (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University; United States Department of Health and Human Services)
The Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (CCEERC) web site is aimed at researchers and policymakers. The site provides free access to selected datasets from the ICPSR collection as well as subsets created by CCEERC, with no registration required. The site also includes a searchable index of reports, projects and syntheses (some available in full-text); an index to relevant instruments and measures; state data tools for creating customized tables; and annotated web links to policy sites, summary statistics, and sites with 50-state databases.
ChildStats.gov (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics)
This website provides links to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. Reports of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics include America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, the annual federal monitoring report on the status of the nation's children, and Nurturing Fatherhood.
Civic Education Study (CivEd) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Civic Education Study (CivEd) was conducted in 1999, to provide information on what U.S. ninth-graders know about democratic practices and institutions in relationship to students in 27 other participating countries. Reports are available online; data files may be ordered free of charge on CD-ROM through the U.S. Department of Education's EdPubs ordering system.
College Board (College Board)
The College Board is the organization responsible for standardized tests used by college admissions offices: the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, and CLEP. The site contain sections aimed at students (test preparation, registration & results, college selection); parents (college planning and application); and educators (news, services and research.) The Summary reports on AP exam grades are available on the site at http://research.collegeboard.org/programs/ap/data/archived/2011.
Common Core of Data (CCD) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Common Core of Data (CCD) is an annual comprehensive statistical database of information concerning all public elementary and secondary schools and local education agencies in the United States, with data starting as far back as 1986. Data products on the CCD web site include downloadable data and address files, a search utility for schools and districts, and a "build-a-table" function.
Council for Aid to Education (Council for Aid to Education)
CAE is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit national organization dedicated both to enhancing the effectiveness of corporate and other private-sector support in improving education at all levels and to helping education institutions more effectively acquire private support for their programs. The site includes the Voluntary Support of Education Data Miner (a fee-based service; UW-Madison does not subscribe).
Crime and Safety Surveys (CSS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
This is an umbrella site within the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for surveys and publications regarding data on crime, violence and safety in U.S. elementary and secondary schools.
Current Population Survey Table Creator (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The U.S. Bureau of the Census offers the Current Population Survey (CPS) Table Creator. The data comes from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) since 2003. The ASEC is the survey formerly known as the Annual Demographic Survey aka the March Supplement. The table-creation form comes in seven sections: Years of data, universe, subsets, variable selection, statistics, customized formatting, and appearance issues. A "Detailed Examples" section shows examples of table creation.
Datalab (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Datalab page on the NCES site offers a concise choice between several levels of tools for using NCES education data. The current choices are QuickStats, which allows a user to create a simple table quickly (requires a click-to-agree data usage agreement); PowerStats, which allows a user to create complex tables and run regression analyses for postsecondary data (requires a free login and data usage agreement); and "Library", where users can search among existing tables. The Data Analysis System (DAS) tool, which has been replaced by PowerStats on the Datalab page, is still available at http://nces.ed.gov/das/. As of June 2010, DAS is still the only option for creating complex tables and running regressions online for some of the older NCES data.
Diversitydata.org (Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University)
The diversitydata.org project provides metropolitan area indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups. It describes, profiles and ranks U.S. metro areas in terms of quality of life. These indicators are compiled using data from multiple data sources. They cover a range of social measures such as population, education, health, housing opportunities, economic opportunities, residential integration, neighborhood characteristics, crime and physical environment. Data can be downloaded as Excel format.
Diversitydatakids.org (Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University)
Diversitydatakids.org is designed as an information system to monitor the state of wellbeing, diversity, opportunity and equity for U.S. children. Visitors can view and assess important differences across seven geographic levels (depending on data availability): the neighborhood, county, city, school district, metropolitan area, state and national levels. All of their data and analyses are presented by race/ethnicity, and when possible, also by socioeconomic status and immigrant status. It monitors child outcomes as well as key factors (including opportunities, conditions, and resources) that drive child outcomes.
Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS) program has been designed to include two overlapping cohorts: a Birth Cohort (ECLS-B, 2001) and a Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K, 1998/99). Children and their families, teachers, and schools provide information on children's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. User manuals are available online as PDFs; data files may be ordered free of charge on CD-ROM from the U.S. Department of Education's EdPubs ordering system.
ED Data Express (U.S. Department of Education)
ED Data Express is an initiative of the US Department of Education to present user-friendly K-12 education data to the public. The site includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPR), State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the College Board, and the Education Department's Budget Service office.
ED Data Express has three main sections: a State Snapshots page, a Data Element Explorer, and a Build a State Table page. The State Snapshot includes ready-made charts and tables with key data for each state. The Data Element Explorer presents tools for users to interact with the data on the site (graphs, tables, maps, trend lines). The Build a State Table page lets users build customized tables by choosing specific data elements and states. Before entering any of these sections, users are directed to a page on appropriate use of the data, particularly regarding comparisons across states, and to acknowledge reading and understanding the information before proceeding.
EdStats (World Bank)
EdStats, short for Education Statistics, is an interactive education statistics database developed by the World Bank's Education Group. It compiles data on education from a variety of national and international sources. Results may be saved in Excel format.
Education Finance Statistics Center (EDFIN) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Education Finance Statistics Center (EDFIN) web site is the central NCES site for education finance information for United States elementary and secondary education. It includes an interactive tool letting users compare the finances of a school district with its peers. Also included are links to finance data and publications.
EFA 2000 Assessment (United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO))
The EFA 2000 Assessment is a program of the Education For All Forum of UNESCO, carrying out an in-depth assessment of basic education in 180 countries between 1990 and 2000. The resulting country and regional reports are provided on this website, in HTML with graphical tables. Reports are in one of three languages: English, Spanish, or French.
Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The FRSS was established in 1975 to collect issue-oriented data quickly and with minimum response burden, focusing generally on primary and secondary education. FRSS was designed to meet the data needs of Department of Education analysts, planners, and decision makers when information could not be collected quickly through traditional NCES surveys. The FRSS site allows downloads of selected FRSS datasets and publications.
GenderStats (World Bank)
GenderStats is an interactive database of gender statistics, developed by the World Bank's Gender and Development. GenderStats offers country data sheets showing summary gender indicators, basic demographic data, population dynamics, labor force structure, and education and health statistics. Data sources for GenderStats include national statistics, United Nations databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys. Results may be saved in Excel format.
Georgia2000 Information System (University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government)
The Georgia2000 Information System bills itself as "the best source on the web for Georgia statistics." It takes its sources from the 2000 U.S. Census, county vital statistics, economic development agencies, school districts and more. Users can generate HTML reports (that can be saved as Excel files) via the "menu-based reporting," or take a map-based approach which requires download of the Autodesk MapGuide Viewer from the site. A list of reports is available at http://www.georgia2000.org/more_info/info_data_sources.asp, while a list of maps is at http://www.georgia2000.org/more_info/info_map_layers.asp. The menu-based reporting only allows selection of a single entity (e.g. one county, one MSA, or one ZIP code) at a time. Free registration is required to use the system.
Google Public Data Explorer (Google Labs)
Google Public Data Explorer is an online data visualization tool that allows users to explore publicly-available data within the site's collections, and design their own graphs and tables for display. Displays can be animated to show changes over time, and users can link or embed the visualizations in their own web pages. The initial collection includes selected data from the World Bank, OECD, Eurostat and several statistical agencies in the United States. While the collection is growing, it is not comprehensive. The data itself cannot be downloaded directly from Google, but links are provided to the source websites.
High School and Beyond (HS&B) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The High School and Beyond (HS&B) longitudinal survey examines educational, occupational, and family experiences of high school sophomores and seniors in the United States. The HS&B survey included two cohorts: the 1980 senior class, and the 1980 sophomore class. Both cohorts were surveyed every two years through 1986, and the 1980 sophomore class was also surveyed again in 1992. Data is available online in DAS (matrix) format.
High School Transcript Studies (HSTS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
High school transcript studies have been conducted by NCES as part of the Longitudinal Studies Program and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Studies (HSTS) program since 1982. Each transcript study is associated with a major NCES data collection, sometimes with a longitudinal study as with the High School & Beyond (HSB) first follow-up study in 1982. The data is not maintained separately from the larger data collections; a page of links on the HSTS page points to the data sources.
Higher Education Statistics Agency, United Kingdom (HESA) (Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA))
The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects a range of data every year UK-wide from universities, higher education colleges and other differently funded providers of higher education. This data is then provided to UK governments and higher education funding bodies to support their work in regulating and funding higher education providers. In addition information derived from the data is published as official statistics and in many accessible formats for use by a wide range of organisations and individuals.
HigherEdInfo.Org (National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis)
The HigherEdInfo site gathers data from various sources on higher education and presents it as maps, charts or downloadable tables (Excel or tab-delimited) on a state-by-state basis, sometimes by county. The data is grouped into nine categories: preparation, participation, affordability, student learning, completion, benefits, employment and finance. Drop-down menus identify measures within each category, and then one can select submeasures and years and how to display the information. The page for each measure also includes a section on definitions and a brief write-up on the policy implications of the measure. In addition to the pre-programmed maps and tables, the site has a "Data & Maps" feature (upper right of the screen). "Generate Your Own Data" lets you create and download custom tables from the data on the site, while "Generate Your Own Map" works in the opposite direction: you input your own state-by-state data, the site generates a map for you, downloadable as a JPEG.
Historical Statistics of the United States, Millennial Edition Online (UW-Madison subscription) (Cambridge University Press)
The previous edition covered colonial times through 1970 and was issued by the U.S. Bureau of the Census in honor of the U.S. Bicentennial (DISC has the bicentennial edition on CD-ROM). The present edition, greatly expanded and updated, was undertaken by Cambridge University Press, resulting in a web edition as well as 5 volumes in print (print volumes available at several libraries on the UW-Madison campus). Major subject categories include: Population, Work and Welfare, Economic Structure and Performance, Economic Sectors, Governance and International Relations. The online version offers tables for download in XLS and CSV, along with a custom table feature for combining more than one table. The custom tables and some other site features require a free registration, in addition to the subscription provided by UW-Madison via IP-authentication.
IDEA Data Center (Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education)
IDEA Data Center (IDC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to provide technical assistance to build capacity within states for collecting, reporting, analyzing, and using high-quality IDEA data. IDC focuses on data requirements under Sections 616 and 618 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including data focused on programs for infants, toddlers, and their families (Part C) and on programs serving children ages 3 through 21 (Part B). Building capacity for high-quality IDEA data will affect states, school districts, and local early intervention programs across the nation.
Indiastat (UW-Madison subscription) (Datanet India)
Indiastat.com provides socio-economic statistical data primarily from Indian government sources in electronic formats (both HTML and Excel files). Data includes statistics on demographics, health, higher education, agricultural and industrial production information, economic statistics, etc. Information from specific sectors such as bank and financial institutions, companies, co-operatives, crime and law, population, foreign trade, labor and workforce, housing, media, power, and transportation are also included. Note: UW-Madison subscribes via IP-authentication. If asked for member sign-in, select "IP Login."
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of surveys designed to collect institution-level data from all primary providers of postsecondary education in the U.S. Survey areas include enrollments, program completions, faculty, staff, and finances. The IPEDS Peer Analysis online tool allows comparison of institutions using the IPEDS data.
International Comparisons in Education (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The International Comparisons in Education page from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) serves to highlight several studies that produce education data providing international comparisons between the United States and other countries.
Internet for Social Research Methods (Louise Corti, University of Essex and Intute)
This guide is an Internet tutorial that focuses on social research methods on the web, written by Louise Corti of the University of Essex and updated in 2009. It allows users to tour the web for resources in social research methodology, learn how to improve their searching techniques, learn how to improve critical thinking skills regarding information on the web, and reflect on using the web as a teaching tool. The tutorial is part of the Virtual Training Suite.
Internet for Social Statistics (Robin Rice, Edinburgh University Data Library and Intute)
The Internet for Social Statistics guide, written by Robin Rice of the Edinburgh University Data Library, offers a free tutorial on how to use social statistics. Users can tour sites for statistics, learn how to improve their data searching techniques, learn how to apply critical thinking skills to citing sources on the web, and reflect on how to use the web as a better tool for researching and teaching. This guide is part of the Virtual Training Suite.
IPUMS Higher Ed (The Minnesota Population Center)
IPUMS Higher Ed offers harmonized versions of the surveys incorporated into the NSF Scientists and Engineers Statistical Database (SESTAT), which is composed of three National Science Foundation surveys: the National Survey of College Graduates, the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, and the National Survey of Recent College Graduates. Its data includes education history, labor force status, employer and academic institution characteristics, income, and work activities. SESTAT data have been used previously to study a wide variety of topics, including gender differences in the labor force and the presence of immigrants in the U.S. science and engineering workforce.
JamStats (Planning Institute of Jamaica)
JamStats is a database project with the tagline and goal of "Tracking Jamaica's Progress," specifically toward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The database, which uses DevInfo software, can either be accessed online or downloaded from the JamStats site (over 10Mb in a zipped archive; the database and DevInfo software must be downloaded separately). As of July 2009, the online application allows users to select from three databases: EduStats 2008, JamStats 2008-9, and Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) 2005 for Jamaica. Indicator groupings, aka Sectors, in the JamStats database include demography, economy, education, environment, gender equity, health, information & communication, and national security. Data appears most complete for the past decade, but occasional indicators have values as far back as 1960.
Kenya Open Data (Kenya ICT Board and World Bank)
The Kenya Open Data initiative went online in July 2011, the first national open data portal in sub-Saharan Africa. Operated by the Kenyan government in partnership with the World Bank, the site carries data at both the national and sub-national level. opendata.go.ke makes core government developmental, demographic, statistical and expenditure data available in a useful digital format for researchers, policymakers, ICT developers and the general public. As of May 2015, there were close to 500 datasets that had been uploaded to the site. Data can be freely downloaded, as well as displayed online in customizable maps, charts and tables.
Library Statistics Program (LIB) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
Since 1989, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has been conducting a nationwide library statistics program for the United States that includes surveys on academic libraries, public libraries, school library media centers, and state library agencies. Both public-use and restricted-use data files may be downloaded from the site. Online data tools for comparing public libraries and comparing academic libraries are also available.
Measuring Up 2008: The National Report Card for Higher Education (National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education)
The Measuring Up 2008 site grades U.S. states on their higher-education performance in five categories: preparation, participation, affordability, completion, and benefits. State summaries and profiles are available, as are nationwide and international comparisons. Measuring Up reports have been produced biennially since 2000. Downloadable data files are available in Excel (see "downloads" menu item at the bottom of each page).
Millennium Development Goals (The World Bank)
The World Bank has adopted the 8 goals set out by the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals initiative, and offers data on the progress toward those goals as part of its Data Bank.
Millennium Development Goals Indicators (United Nations Statistics Division)
In the year 2000, 189 nations signed on to the United Nations Millennium Declaration, promising commitment to sweeping development goals, to be accomplished by 2015. The goals involve fighting poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. Measurable goals and targets were established. The United Nations Statistics Division compiles and disseminates the data for 48 selected indicators beginning in 1990. Results of country-level data selections are displayed as HTML tables and may be downloaded as in csv, xml, or Excel; the entire database may also be downloaded. A "Gapminder" feature added to the site in 2006 creates various graphical representations of trends.
Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) (United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF))
Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) is a household survey program designed to help over 100 developing countries to monitor the situation of women and children in their countries. MICS was a major source of data on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) indicators. Users need to register on this site before they can access MICS datasets.
National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation's Report Card, is a program from the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) intended to monitor skills, knowledge, and performance of students. NAEP provides results of student assessment in the following subject areas: the arts (theatre, music, visual arts), civics, geography, mathematics, reading, U.S. history, science, and writing. An interactive "data tool" interface is the latest addition to this site.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) (U.S. Department of Education)
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary United States federal agency for collecting and analyzing data related to education. The site carries many ongoing surveys with links to downloadable data, in addition to a publications catalog and NCES announcements. In addition to the downloadable data, DISC has a number of NCES datasets, often on CD-ROM (check the DISC catalog).
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) (National Science Foundation (NSF))
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation's web site provides thematic links to reports, tables and data about science and engineering resources in the United States. Topics include research and development; science education; federal government; and workforce. Highlights include the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report to Congress and also the Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) tool (longitudinal data on the education and employment of the college-educated U.S. science and engineering workforce.) See also the NCSES list of survey names and descriptions.
National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) focuses on critical transitions of eighth graders through college, with cognitive tests from students, parents, teachers, and transcripts. A nationally representative sample of eighth-graders were first surveyed in the spring of 1988. A sample of these respondents were then resurveyed through four follow-ups in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000. On the questionnaire, students reported on a range of topics including: school, work, and home experiences; educational resources and support; the role in education of their parents and peers; neighborhood characteristics; educational and occupational aspirations; and other student perceptions. Additional topics included self-reports on smoking, alcohol and drug use and extracurricular activities. Public use data files may be ordered free of charge on CD-ROM from the U.S. Department of Education's EdPubs ordering system. Data is also available online in DAS (matrix) format.
National Household Education Survey (NHES) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The National Household Education Survey (NHES) collects descriptive data about the educational activities of the U.S. population, from early childhood to adulthood. NHES surveys have been conducted in 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, and 2003. Data files and documentation are available for download on the site.
National Longitudinal Survey of 1972 (NLS-72) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The National Longitudinal Survey of 1972 (NLS-72) was the first major longitudinal survey designed and conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the United States Department of Education. Participants in the study were selected when they were seniors in high school in the spring of 1972, and in a supplementary sample drawn in 1973. The records include the "Base Year" survey; follow-up surveys in 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, and 1986; high school records; and postsecondary transcripts (collected in 1984). Data is available online in DAS (matrix) format.
National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) is a comprehensive nationwide study designed to determine how students and their families pay for postsecondary education in the United States, and to describe some demographic and other characteristics of those enrolled. The first study NPSAS study was conducted during the 1986-87 school year; subsequent studies have been carried out during the 1989-90, 1992-93, 1995-96, and 1999-2000 school years. The data is available online in DAS (matrix) format.
National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) samples post-secondary institutions in the United States. The survey collects information regarding the backgrounds, responsibilities, workloads, salaries, benefits, attitudes, and future plans of both full- and part-time faculty, as well as institutional-level data on such issues as faculty composition, turnover, recruitment, retention, and tenure policies. The NSOPF was conducted in 1987-88, 1992-93, 1998-99, and 2003-04. The data is available online in DAS (matrix) format.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) (National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and Indiana University)
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects annual information from colleges and universities in the United States about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results speak to the way in which undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. Participating institutions receive data specific to their school and peer institution comparisons. The website carries annual PDF reports back to 2000, summarizing responses from the various types of participating institutions and students. The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) has been conducted since 2004 and measures faculty expectation of student engagement. The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) annually collects data about students' high school experiences and their expectations for the upcoming first college year.
NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA))
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has teamed with ICPSR to provide the NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive; the first study at the new archive is the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2009. The data includes team-level Academic Progress Rates, eligibility rates, retention rates, and penalty and award information on Division I student-athletes from the 2003-2004 season through the 2007-2008 season. Several datasets are slated to be added to the archive in 2010. Individual-level data on the experiences of current and former student-athletes will be available from the Growth, Opportunities, Aspirations and Learning of Students in college study (GOALS) and the Study of College Outcomes and Recent Experiences (SCORE). Also forthcoming in 2010 is the Graduation Success Rate Public-Use Dataset. The data will be available to ICPSR subscribers both for download and for online analysis.
NCES Handbook of Survey Methods (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The NCES Handbook of Survey Methods explains how the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) obtains and prepares the data it publishes for each of its survey programs.
New York State Education Department Data Institutional Master File (IMF), 1967-1981 (New York State Archives)
The IMF contains data on each school district, public and private school building, and intermediate district (Board of Cooperative Educational Services--BOCES) in New York. Individual records provide institution identifiers and statistics on enrollment, staffing, and special educational programs. Files are available for each school year, 1967-1981, and contain four record types: public school, private school, school district, and BOCES. Annual files contain an average of 7200 records; the size of the records varies. The IMF is divided in the NYS Archives' directory into 15 files, each representing a single school year.
New York State Statistics (Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York)
Hosted by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the New York State Statistical Yearbook since 2002 is available online in PDF and Excel files. The print versions of editions back to 1998 may be ordered from the web site.
OECD Factbook (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD))
OECD Factbook is a comprehensive and dynamic statistical publication. Close to 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: economy, education, energy, transportation, environment, development, health, industry, information and communications, population, employment and labour, trade and investment, taxation, public expenditure and R&D. Starting in OECD Factbook 2015-2016 new indicators are included on a number of regional indicators including GDP by metropolitan area. The Factbook is available through the UW-Madison OECD iLibrary subscription.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Statistics (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
This site provides a portal to free socio-economic statistics collected by the OECD. UW-Madison also subscribes to OECD iLibrary, OECD's premier fee-based product.
Paises@ (Countries@) (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE))
The Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) has announced a new map-based data extractor called Paises@ ("Paises" translates to "Countries"). This Flash-based ready reference tool contains basic population, social indicator, economic, technological, land use, and United Nations Millenium Development Goals information for each of the 192 United Nations members for the latest year available.
To use the extractor, first select a language (Portuguese, English, Spanish). Then select a country from the World Map on the Paises@ main page. Basic information about the country will appear. Select a category of indicators for that country, then click the globe icon next to an individual indicator to get a sortable listing for that indicator for all countries in the database. Additional information for each country includes a political map, a short slide show featuring photographic highlights of the country, and a link to a Google satellite map.
Note: for geographically-small countries, users may have to use the magnifying glass icon (+) several times, in conjunction with the arrow keys, until the country becomes large enough to click on.
Pew Hispanic Center (Pew Charitable Trusts)
The Pew Hispanic Center, supported by Pew Charitable Trusts, was founded in 2001 "to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation." The Center commissions studies on such topics as education, immigration, labor, and economics, including some public opinion surveys. Several datasets are available on the site, along with research reports back to 2002.
PolicyMap (The Reinvestment Fund)
PolicyMap is a geographic information system that lets users map, graph, and organize data relevant to neighborhood planning and economic revitalization. The site carries data on demographics, real-estate, crime, income, education, and jobs - over 4,000 indicators. Depending on the data, maps and reports can be focused on areas as small as block groups or census tracts, or as large as states.
The site has many components available with a free registration, and others available to subscribers only. The free data comes from such agencies as the Census, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and other US government agencies. Fee-based, subscriber-only data comes mostly from Claritas, a consumer-data and demographics firm that produces projections and annual small-area estimates. Subscribers can also upload data and create custom mapping regions. (UW-Madison does not subscribe). A complete list of PolicyMap data can be found at https://www.policymap.com/data/our-data/l.
Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive (PERFAR) (Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science)
The Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive (PERFAR) links policies, data, and research for users to explore population developments. It is designed to meet the information needs of researchers, policy makers, civil society organizations and journalists. It includes detailed information on policies over time, a link catalog to socio-economic and demographic data, and an online repository of research outcomes. It covers countries outside of Europe as well.
Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports (PEDAR) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports (PEDAR) program provides a series of reports that focus on postsecondary education policy issues in the United States. The reports, which generally use data from multiple NCES surveys, are available for download as PDFs. Most of the tables in the reports were created by using the DAS online application.
Postsecondary Education Quick Information System (PEQIS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Postsecondary Education Quick Information System (PEQIS) was created to quickly collect timely data on focused postsecondary education issues in the United States, without the need to wait for the large NCES recurring surveys. PEQIS employs a standing sample (panel) of approximately 1,600 U.S. postsecondary education institutions at the 2-year and 4-year level. The PEQIS site includes HTML and PDF versions of selected reports of PEQIS survey results.
Private School Survey (PSS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Private School Survey (PSS) produces data for private elementary and secondary schools in the U.S., similar to that of the NCES Common Core of Data (CCD) for the public schools. The PSS is conducted every 2 years with the first collection during the 1989-90. Data tables for 2001-02 are available in HTML and Excel, and a Private School Locator based on the data allows a search for private schools that match certain characteristics.
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD))
The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a system of international assessments that focus on 15-year-olds' capabilities in reading literacy, mathematics literacy, and science literacy. The countries participating in PISA are primarily from the OECD, but other countries such as Brazil and Indonesia have participated as well. PISA has been administered every three years since 2000. Reports and data are available on the web site.
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and International Study Center, Boston College)
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is a large international comparative study of the reading literacy of nine- and ten-year-old students. Thirty-five countries participated in PIRLS 2001, and forty in PIRLS 2006, with data collection to continue on a five-year cycle. Data and reports are available for download on the site. An online data analysis tool is also available.
Project GeoSim: Geography Education Software (Virginia Tech)
The following "modules" are available for download to various platforms:
- Human Population (HumPop) and International Population (IntlPop) : HumPop is a multimedia tutorial program. IntlPop is a population simulation program.
- Migration Modeling (MigModel) : MigModel is a migration modeling and simulation program.
- Mental Maps (MMap) : MMap is a geography quiz program.
- Migration and Political Power (MigPol) : MigPol simulates the effects of population shifts on the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Sense of Place (SnsPlace) : SnsPlace focuses on the characteristics of U.S. counties and states.
Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR))
The Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) is one of a growing number of special-purpose subsets within the vast data collections of the ICPSR. The focus of the RCMD is data for comparative analysis of issues affecting racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States. The subject coverage of the selected studies runs the gamut from education to housing to poverty to political participation. RCMD data falls into two general categories: studies that focus specifically on minority populations, such as the National Black Election Studies series; and studies with large enough sample sizes or ethnic/racial oversampling to permit meaningful analysis of issues that affect race and ethnic minority populations, such as the American Housing Survey series. While documentation is freely browsable, data download is available only to ICPSR member institutions, including UW-Madison.
School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS) (The College of William and Mary and the Minnesota Population Center and University of Minnesota)
The School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for school attendance areas, or school catchment areas, for selected areas in the United States for the 2009-2010 school year.
SABINS data are delivered through the SABINS/NHGIS data extraction system. Users select data tables and GIS school boundary files, and the system creates a custom-made extract containing this information. Data are generated on the SABINS server, and the system sends out an email message to the user when the extract is completed. The user must download the extract and analyze it on their local machine. Free registration is required to submit an extract request.
School District Demographics System (SDDS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The School District Demographics System (SDDS) site provides access to school district geographic and demographic data useful for describing and analyzing characteristics of school districts, children, and K-12 education. The site draws on data from U.S. Decennial Census data, including special tabulations, and intercensal estimates as well. Data can be downloaded or viewed as tables or maps.
School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) collects information on school crime and safety from a national sample of school principals in U.S. elementary and secondary schools. The survey was conducted in 1999/2000 and again in 2003/2004, with plans to continue on a biennial schedule. Questionnaires and publications are available online as PDFs; data files may be ordered free of charge on CD-ROM from the U.S. Department of Education's EdPubs ordering system.
Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) is a nationwide sample survey of public and private schools in the United States, conducted periodically since 1987-88. Data tables from 1999-2000 are available online in HTML or Excel. A Questionnaire Item Bank allows access to questions and summary responses for all the years of the survey.
Search for NCES Tables and Figures (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
This search tool lets you locate all tables/figures/charts published in the inventory of NCES' Education Statistics Quarterly; the NEDRC (National Education Data Resource Center) Postsecondary Table Library; the Condition of Education; the Digest of Education Statistics, and many other NCES publications. New tables are constantly being added to this database, whose contents now number in the thousands. In general, tables are displayed in ASCII or HTML and offer an Excel download option.
SESTAT (National Science Foundation)
From the SESTAT site: "The Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) is an integrated data collection effort capturing information about employment, educational, and demographic characteristics of scientists and engineers in the United States. The data are collected from three national surveys of this population: the National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG), the National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG), and the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR).
The data collected from these three surveys are combined in a comprehensive, integrated database: SESTAT. Data are available for download, or through the SESTAT Data Tool, which allows users to generate custom data tables. SESTAT provides information about the employment, educational, and demographic characteristics of scientists and engineers in the United States."
The java-based SESTAT software allows users to: generate a customized table, access commonly asked for tables, and view technical documentation. Free registration is required to use the full extent of the software.
Social Science Japan Data Archive (SSJDA) (Center for Social Research and Data Archives, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo)
The Social Science Japan Data Archive (SSJDA) is affiliated with the Center for Social Research and Data Archives in the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. SSJDA collects, maintains, and provides access to social science data to researchers who are interested in Japanese quantitative data for secondary analyses. Users are required to fill out online applications and get approval before they can access datasets housed in SSJDA. Most of the datasets are in Japanese.
Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) (Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ))
SACMEQ is a consortium of educational ministries in southern and eastern Africa that conducts large-scale educational surveys across its 15 member countries. The site includes reports from the studies and application documents for researchers to request access to the full data from the SACMEQ studies.
The SACMEQ site is also home to StatPlanet, an interactive tool for data visualization and mapping that can be used either online or as a free educational download. The Flash-based StatPlanet online tool includes variables from the first two SACMEQ surveys (1995 and 2000), along with a range of other world development indicators from a variety of sources, for users to create interactive graphs, maps and charts. The StatPlanet application and data can also be downloaded for computers running Windows 95 and newer. In addition to the main StatPlanet tool, the site also offers the downloadable tools StatPlanet MapMaker and Graph Maker, which allow users to import their own data and publish the resulting interactive maps or graphs online in Flash.
State of Metropolitan America (Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program)
The State of Metropolitan America is an interactive website aimed at allowing users to analyze demographic and social trends that affect the United States' largest metropolitan areas. The site's major subject areas, via over 300 indicators, are: population and migration, race and ethnicity, immigration, age, households and families, educational attainment, work, income and poverty, and commuting. The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, and includes the 2000 Census as well as data from the American Community Survey since 2006.
The site allows users to display, map, and download data for the 50 U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia) and 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. From the interactive map, users can download a CSV file that includes all years of data for a given indicator, or a ZIP file that includes all years of data for all indicators in a given subject area. From the profile page for any given geographic area on the indicator map, users can download a CSV file that includes the geography type, year, and indicator currently in view, a CSV file that includes the same indicator for all geographies and all years, or a ZIP file that includes all indicators in the subject area for all geographies and all years.
Statistical Accounts of Scotland (EDINA)
In celebration of its 5th anniversary, the EDINA National Datacentre has made available the Statistical Accounts of Scotland dataset. These data, collected by parish ministers in the 1790s and the 1830s, provide a rich record of topics such as: wealth, class and poverty; climate, agriculture, fishing and wildlife; population, schools, and the moral health of the people. A free login is required.
Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development (National Science Foundation (NSF))
This survey, conducted by the National Science Foundation, annually collects data on current funding levels and future obligations for research and development by U.S. federal agencies and their subdivisions. It provides a consistent time series on federal research and development (R&D) support broken down by character of work, type of performer, field of science and engineering, and geographic distribution. Reports and tables are available in spreadsheet or ASCII format (Excel table links are embedded within HTML reports).
Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (National Science Foundation)
This site contains publications and data files related to the NSF's Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (otherwise known as the Graduate Student Survey).
Teaching with Data (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN))
The Teaching With Data web site offers annotated links to data-driven teaching materials primarily aimed at the undergraduate level, though the site-wide search tool includes a K-12 option. Classroom resources include lessons and lectures, exercises and modules, syllabi and reading lists. Data resources include both tabular and downloadable data, data-based maps, and links to various data archives. Tools for analysis, visualization and course development are highlighted as well. Users can browse the site by discipline: anthropology, economics, environmental sciences, geography, history, political science, public policy, social work, and sociology. A "Data in the News" feature links the site to current events. Teaching With Data is a partnership between ICPSR and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN), both at the University of Michigan. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.
The Cline Center for Democracy (The Richard G. and Carole J. Cline Center for Democracy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
The Cline Center for Democracy has a number of public datasets produced by the Societal Infrastructures and Development (SID) Project. SID offers education attainment data starting in 1950 and covering 166 countries and rule of law data with two composite measures to gauge cross-national and inter temporal differences in law-based orders for 165 nations from 1850 to 2010. Meanwhile, the Social, Political and Economic Event Database (SPEED) extracts event data from a global archive of news reports covering the Post WWII era. SPEED offers civil unrest event data and coup d'état event data in the post-World War II era.
The Condition of Education (COE) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Condition of Education (COE) site is the web counterpart to a congressionally-mandated annual NCES print publication. The Condition of Education report presents 40 indicators of various trends and developments in education in the United States. The indicators are drawn from various NCES sources and surveys.
The US Counties IN Profile (Stats Indiana and Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University Kelley School of Business)
"The US Counties IN Profile" allows users to pick a state and county and see how they are ranked in terms of various statistical categories. Categories include population, number of households, labor force, unemployment rate, per capita personal income, poverty rate, and many others. Users can choose the state, and then choose a county and also see how the county ranks in terms of other counties within the state. Also available are comparisons between two counties. Data is provided in HTML tables only.
Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and International Study Center, Boston College)
TIMSS is a collaborative research project sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Over 40 countries participated, with 5 grades assessed in 2 subjects (math and sciences), and over a million students tested in 31 different languages. The site includes downloadable data files (ASCII, SAS, SPSS) and PDF codebooks for the 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 surveys, plus reports and other documents. An online data analysis tool is also available. Continuing the four-year cycle, a 2011 survey is planned.
TransMONEE: Database of Socio-Economic Indicators for CEE/CIS Countries (United Nations Children's Fund and Innocenti Research Center)
TransMONEE contains over 150 economic and social indicators divided into ten different topics (population, natality, child and maternal mortality, life expectancy and adult mortality, family formation, health, education, child protection, crime indicators, and economic indicators) for 27 transition countries in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Annual time series data is available as far back as 1989. The TransMONEE data and country profiles are both available in Excel format.
U.S. Department of Education (U.S. Department of Education)
This is the U.S. Department of Education Web site. Click on the "Research and Statistics" link in the menus at the bottom of the page for the statistical area of the site.
UNdata (United Nations)
The United Nations is undertaking to bring together many of its various statistical databases under a single interface, at UNdata. UNdata carries 34 databases containing over 60 million records, covering a range of topics including population, industry, energy, trade and national accounts. The databases are accessible either by keyword searching from a single search page, or through a menu of databases. UNdata replaces the UN Common Database, which was discontinued after the December 2007 edition. However, the trade information in Undata does not replace UN COMTRADE, which continues to cover a deeper and more fully-featured set of merchandise statistics.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) (UNESCO)
(From the UIS web site) "The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) was established in July 1999 to meet the growing needs of UNESCO Member States and the international community for a wider range of policy-relevant, timely, and reliable statistics in the fields of education, science and technology, culture and communication." Statistics on the site fall into five categories: Education, Literacy, World Education Indicators Programme, Culture and Communication, and Science and Technology. Many of the tables can be manipulated through the Beyond 20/20 web interface, with downloads available in CSV and Excel; others are only available as Excel files. The site also carries questionnaires and manuals for ongoing surveys, and related articles and reports. Note that since the UIS was founded in 1999, in general the tables only go back to 1999 as well.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (United Nations Children's Fund)
This is the official home page for UNICEF. There is a wealth of information available, as well as statistical data broken down by country, in addition to various world maps for selected indicators. Statistics may be accessed under the "Information Resources" link.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO))
This site offers information on current events, publications, information services, programmes, statistics, and legal instruments.
WebCASPAR (National Science Foundation)
WebCASPAR bills itself as an "integrated science and engineering resources data system." The database system is a collection of statistical data from several surveys in higher education from NSF and NCES via a web-based extraction form, allowing users to create tables (or view pre-defined tables). Includes institution-level data. Free registration is required to be able to customize the search fully.
Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (Department of Public Instruction)
Contains statistics gathered at the library, local, county and state levels in spreadsheet format, back to 1996. Tables include branches, hours of operation, collections, circulation, ILL, programming, staffing, appropriations, income, salaries, other budget information, and service population.
World Bank Data (World Bank)
The World Bank launched its World Bank Data site in April 2010, an open-data initiative freely offering indicators and statistics about development that previously were accessible only by subscription. The Data Catalog on the site includes World Development Indicators (UW-Madison previously subscribed), Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, Millennium Development Indicators, and more. The products grouped together in the searchable "Databank" comprise over 2000 indicators, some of which go back as far as 50 years; products from the Databank and others as well can be downloaded in Excel or CSV formats.
World Data on Education (International Bureau of Education, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO))
The International Bureau of Education in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provides tables of education data for over 160 countries worldwide. A particular emphasis is on curricula and curriculum development processes. Topics of tables include: population, illiteracy, teaching staff, enrollment levels, enrollment ratios, public expenditures on education, teacher training, number of libraries, book production, and more. The database, which contains selected links to a range of official information sources on education, can also be accessed online. Each individual profile of national education system can be downloaded in the pdf format.
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