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Statistics & Data for Social & Policy Sciences  

You will find many sources of statistics and data via Google - however: please assess any websites with regards to their data collection methods (e.g. sample sizes) and any potential bias in the interpretation of data.  You might also like to search/browse some of the following websites which provide statistics on a wide range of topics.   

  • Statista: a Google-like search tool providing access to:
      • 1 million set of statistics covering attitudesopinions, population, public services, businesses, industries, markets & consumer behaviour 
      • Forecasts, reports & dossiers - facts & figures that are easily displayed in charts and graphs 
      • Particularly strong coverage of UK, continental Europe, North America & China

  • Arab Barometer: public opinion data covering North African and the Middle East - also, statistics available within its Country Reports
  • ASEP/JDS Databank: global & regional public opinion data - includes links to Globalbarometer, Afrobarometer, East-Asian Barometer & Latinobarometro.  In most of the collections, click 'select study' to retrieve data. In Latinobarometro, statistics are available via the Data Bank, Documents & Publications tabs. 

  • Company, Financial & Legal Data/Information: databases include EMIS (provides healthcare and social assistance reports)

  • Data.gov.uk: social, economic & population statistics provided by the UK government and other UK organisations 
  • Economics: statistics & data
  • European Data Center for Work and Welfare (EDAC): covers a wide range of socio-economic topics & provides survey data on public opinion across Europe 
  • European Social Survey (ESS): attitudes, values & behaviours relating to Europe's institutions.  You can search by country, topic or both; and compare time series data between multiple countries. 

    To access data: click ESS Online Analysis. You need to then log in/register with ESS.  It is advisable to select a 'design weight' when analysing data and to also select a 'population size weight' if comparing multiple countries.  These weights enable variable sample sizes and methodologies to be taken into account.  
  • Eurostat: statistical data comparing social & economic status of European Community member states
  • Gapminder World: global social, health & economic statistics in graph & excel formats: click on the 'data' tab to search for categories.  Coverage includes life expectancy, average income, poverty rates, smoking prevalence, alcohol consumption, death rates, government shares of health spending, economic growth, numbers of internet users, imports of goods/services, imports/exports, trade balances & self-employment. You can control graphs to compare data between specific countries over a period of time - click on 'visualize' to view these.

  • Health: data & statistics

  • ICT-Eye: statistics on a wide range of telecommunications & information technologies
  • ILOSTAT: view & extract labour data & metadata across many countries & terrirtories: data provided by the International Labour Organization
  • Market Research Data & Country Profiles
  • Nomis: census & labour data - includes benefits, employment rates, incomes occupations & qualifications - you can search by regions, local authorities or postcodes. 

  • Office for National Statistics: UK social, economic & population statistics.  You may find it helpful to browse by theme.  Also includes Local Statistics. 
  • Statistics collection on Level 5 - shelved at S36 & located opposite the Information Point.  Includes census reports and titles such as British Social Attitudes and Social Trends.  You can search for titles using the Library Catalogue.

  • UK Data Archive: research data in the social sciences
  • UK Data Service: social & population data; some provided by the UK government.  Content includes, for example, Longitudinal Studies (cohort studies) and UK Surveys (themes covering carers, crime, health, housing, labour force, life opportunities, living costs, population & social attitudes).  Please note:

      i. Alternative routes to data: you can also browse data by theme. Also try clicking get data to find rare additional content such as case studies.
      ii. When applying filters to the data you want, select each variable at each stage.
      iii. To access some of its data you will need to register with the service on its website.
      iv. Some datasets restrict access e.g. where commercial usage might be sought, permission might be required, or sponsoring organisations may vet publications.

  • United Nations resourcesUNSD Statistical Databases provide mostly free social and economic data.  Human Development Reports provides development indicators and other content in its data section.  
  • Zanran: simple search engine which retrieves a wide range of statistics & data