Public Policy Data Sources
A Short List for Public Policy Students
General Data Sources
The questions posed in public policy research are astoundingly varied. Crime, medicine, environmental, and political questions are all valid domains. Given that variety, it is no surprise that the data sources tapped by public policy scholars are similarly varied.
With that in mind, the following list should be considered only a start. All of the sources below have been used by scholars and practitioners to investigate interesting questions from across public policy.
The Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.
World Development Indicators (WDI) Online
The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates
Google Database Search
Dataset Search is a search engine for datasets.Using a simple keyword search, users can discover datasets hosted in thousands of repositories across the Web. The nice thing about this one is it can find data in many of the others listed here!
World Bank Research Data Sets
Datasets for the World bank. Free and open access to global development data.
US Government “Data.gov”
Data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.
American National Election Studies (ANES)
Data on voting, public opinion, and political participation
Pew Research Center for People and the Press
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.
State Data Center (SDC) Program from US Census
The State Data Center (SDC) program is one of the Census Bureau’s longest and most successful partnerships. The partnership was created to make data available locally.