Social Work Liaison's Toolkit : Statistics & Data

Sources useful for finding statistics and data on social work and social welfare topics.

Comprehensive Statistics

This is the public gateway to demographic, economic and social data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.
This is a compilation of statistics collected by the federal government that can be used as a gateway to the range of statistical information used by the government. As of  October, 2011, the Census Bureau ended collection of data for this source, but  the site has links to earlier editions. 
Google collects publically available data from organizations like Eurostat, OECD, U.S. Census Bureau and World Bank and offers visualizations of this data. Users may also upload their own datasets to create visualizations. 
Commercial information information provider ProQuest offers several databases by subscription which index and provide both U.S. and international statistics. Produces include ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World, ProQuest International Datasets, ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the United States, and Proquest Statistical Insight.

Aging/Aged Statistics

This page provides links to a wide variety of statistical information about the aging population in the United States.
This site includes the Current Population Survey report, Older People in the United States: 2011.  Other publications that focus on the aged can be found via the Publications tab.
This page provides quick links to statistics on life expectancy, health status, health risks, health care utilization, hospice care and mortality in the United States. 
This site provides data on health, screenings and mental health indicators for adults in the United States over 50 years of age.  
This is a longitudinal  panel study of health, retirement and aging which samples more than 26,000 Americans over the age of 50. 
This site provides statistics and reports on Social Security, Medicare, housing, long-term care, poverty level, caregiver estimates and more on a state-by-state level. 

Children, Youth, and Families Statistics

The page includes the signature report of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, which features statistics on children and families in the United States across a range of domains, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health.  Past reports are also available.
This site provides federal and state adoption, foster care, and child maltreatment statistics and reports.
Use this page to build custom charts and tables with data from the annual Child Welfare Outcomes Reports to Congress. 
“Find reports, databases, and other sources of statistics and demographic data on children and families in the United States, child abuse and neglect, child welfare services, children and youth in foster care, and domestic and international adoption.”
The Children’s Defense Fund  provides statistics on a range of areas that show how children are faring in the country as a whole and in individual states.
Census Bureau demographic surveys collect information about the residents of each housing unit and how they are related
Data by state, across states and more.

Criminal Justice and Violence Statistics

The primary source for United States’ criminal justice statistics. Information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government can be found on this site.
The first (2013) global systematic review of data on the prevalence of two forms of violence against women: intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence.
The DoD issues annual reports of sexual assaults in the military and annual reports on sexual harassment and violence at the three U.S. Military Service Academies.
This resource brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States.
This site provides statistical information on juvenile offending, victimization of juveniles, and involvement of youth in the juvenile justice system.
Includes statistics on crimes against youth, female victims of sexual assault, and crimes against persons with disabilities.

Education Statistics

Gateway to statistics found in these annual reports from the Department of Education: The  Condition of Education, Digest of Education Statistics, High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States, Indicators of School Crime and Safety, and Projections of Education Statistics.
This website provides access to school district geographic and demographic data useful for describing and analyzing characteristics of school districts, children, and K-12 education.
The World Bank EdStats offers internationally comparable indicators such as literacy, expenditures, completion, and access to education. 
Provides statistics on education from 68 countries such as average performance in mathematics, science literacy and reading by 15-year-old students, adult literacy rates and literacy averages across varying age ranges. 
The United States Census Bureau provides tables and reports on educational attainment from the American Community Survey, Current Population Survey and other Census data sources. 

Health/Mental Health Statistics

Data and Statistics are linked by topics which include statistics on aging, asthma, cancer HIV/AIDS and many more topics
Created  and maintained by the Employment and Disability Institute, Cornell University. Includes an interactive search tool.
The Institute produces a wide range of resources on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health. See also the "Data Center" page.
The foundation focuses on major health issues and is a non-partisan source of facts, statistics and reports.
This site provides  health data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the United States, counties, territories, and other geographies. State Health Facts is comprised of more than 800 health indicators and provides users with the ability to map, rank, trend, and download data. 
Data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators.
The Nation’s principal health statistics agency, the site is a gateway to reports, surveys, statistics, data. FastStats A-Z can be particularly useful.
Statistics on this site include numbers on prevalence by specific mental disorder and age group,  suicide rates, and figures on the costs involved in mental illness. 
Statistical health profiles of racial and ethnic populations in the United States.
National and state data on alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, and mental health.
This  portal provides access to data and reports by country, topic, etc.

Homelessness/Housing Statistics

The Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) is an online data submission tool for reporting to HUD. publishes data on the Housing Inventory Count (HIC), Point-in-Time (PIT) Count and Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR).
Search the library in this web site for useful annual reports, fact sheets and interactive tools which provide statistics on homelessness in the United States. 
This report is produced annually by the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University. Informative tables and figures are included.

Immigration Statistics

Key data sets published by the Office of Immigration Statistics.
Access to the latest immigration statistics, maps, and numbers for the United States and other countries.
This interactive tool uses U.S. Census data from the American Community Survey to generate tables of data on children of immigrants for the years 2006 - 2011 based on geography, nativity, citizenship, age and other demographics,
This Pew Research Center project provides a wealth of information on the Hispanic population in the United States as well as statistics on U.S. immigration trends and trends in unauthorized immigration. 

Nonprofits Statistics

The NCCS is a project of the Center of Nonprofits & Philanthropy which is sponsored by the nonprofit Urban Institute. The web site provides quick facts and figures on the nonprofit sector as well as figures on the number and types of nonprofit organizations in the United States. Users can search for nonprofits by state, by zipcode and by areas of activity. 

Poverty Statistics

State profiles, data tools and more are available.
This page is a gateway to poverty data collected by the Census Bureau, and includes  reports, facts about how poverty is measured by the Census Bureau, poverty measurement studies, and more.
Annual report produced the the U.S. Census Bureau.  
Regional and country dashboards displaying latest data and trends in poverty and inequality. Produced by the World Bank.

Public Assistance Statistics

This resource from the House Ways and Means Committee provides statistics, descriptions, and historical information on major social and economic entitlement programs, e.g., TANF, Medicare, Social Security, child care, supplemental nutrition and other information. It is published online every few years. Archival Green Books back to 1996 are also available on this site. 
Data  on USDA Nutrition Assistance programs such as SNAP, school meals, WIC.
Statistics and data files on programs covered by the SSA, e.g., SSI, Medicare, Disability, as well as socioeconomic characteristics, demographics, etc. 
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