Family Life, Reproduction and Fertility
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Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) (Alan Guttmacher Institute)
This site has easy-to-read and understand statistics on teen sex and pregnancy; contraceptive use; induced abortion, as well as a special report on U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics. A "custom table maker" program allows for customized displays of information.
Archive of Fertility and Health (Universidad de Costa Rica)
This site presents a compilation of surveys on fertility and health in Central America. The surveys contain information on the history of pregnancies, knowledge and use of contraceptives, marital information, maternal-infantile health, immunization, knowledge and use of the oral re-hydration, use of health services, and other related subjects. Recent surveys contain information on AIDS and child morbidity. The data files with their respective dictionaries are available for some of the surveys. For others, a form is available for ordering the data. Each data file has a data dictionary (extension .man), a file with the frequencies of each variable (extension .frq), and the data file itself in ASCII format (extension .dat). Text in English and Spanish.
Carolina Population Center (CPC) (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
The Carolina Population Center (CPC) is "a community of scholars and professionals collaborating on interdisciplinary research and methods that advance understanding of population issues." Research projects specialize in the following themes, both internationally and in the U.S.:
- Family, Fertility, and Children
- Population Diversity and Inequality
- Social and Spatial Contexts of Demographic and Health Behavior
- Economic, Demographic, and Health Transitions
- Population and Environment
- Health Behavior and Infectious Disease
- Demography and Economics of Aging
CPC projects include the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey, the China Health and Nutrition Survey, the MEASURE Evaluation Project, the Nang Rong Projects, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Heatlh, and the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey.
Childinfo.org - Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women (United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF))
The ChildInfo site provides access to the statistical information made available by UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. A menu of themes such as Child Survival and Health, Water and Sanitation, and Immunization, leads to reports on each indicator, with HTML tables (downloadable in Excel) covering the developing countries included in the initiative. ChildInfo also contains the full set of resources for the UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), a household survey program designed to help developing countries fill data gaps for monitoring the situation of women and children. The site contains PDF reports for countries from the first round of MICS (1995), and downloadable data (free registration required) for over the second (2000) and third (2005/2006) round. MICS4 is scheduled for 2009-2011.
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.
Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) (U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID))
The MEASURE DHS program facilitiates the Demographic and Health Survey, the Service Provision Assessment (SPA) Survey, and the HIV/AIDS Indicator Survey (AIS). The resulting datasets, which focus on Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, are available for direct downloading. Datasets include information on family planning, maternal and child health, child survival, AIDS, educational attainment, and household composition and characteristics. Online data tools include:
- the STATcompiler tool for quick facts and country comparisons, allowing users to build customized tables from DHS surveys and indicators.
- the HIV/AIDS Survey Indicators Database, for creating HIV/AIDS data tables from a variety of sources.
- the STATmapper tool for creating maps from DHS data in more than 75 countries.
Documentation and SPSS/PC and SAS data dictionaries are also available. Users must register and receive a password to download datasets.
Family Life Surveys (RAND)
These surveys have both a household and community facility component. Currently available for FTP download are country surveys from Malaysia (1976-77, 1988-89), Indonesia (1993, 1997, 2000), Guatemala (1995), and Bangladesh (1996). Files are gzip compressed and available as raw ASCII or SAS transport files. Documentation is in hard copy format and may be ordered from RAND. The web site also has newsletters and bibliographies on the FLS. The datasets are also archived at ICPSR.
Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study (Princeton University and Columbia University)
From the web site: "The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is following a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents). We refer to unmarried parents and their children as 'fragile families' to underscore that they are families and that they are at greater risk of breaking up and living in poverty than more traditional families.
The core FF Study was designed to primarily address four questions of great interest to researchers and policy makers: (1) What are the conditions and capabilities of unmarried parents, especially fathers?; (2) What is the nature of the relationships between unmarried parents?; (3) How do children born into these families fare?; and (4) How do policies and environmental conditions affect families and children?"
Four waves of public-use data are available for download (free registration required.) The site also outlines procedures for applying for restricted ("Contract") data that includes geographic identifiers.
Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition (World Health Organization (WHO))
Quoting from the database web site: "The Global Database is a standardized compilation of child growth and malnutrition data from nutritional surveys conducted around the world since 1960... The Global Database includes population-based surveys that fulfil a set of criteria. Data are checked for validity and consistency and raw data sets are analysed following a standard procedure to obtain comparable results. Prevalences below and above defined cut-off points for weight-for-age, height-for-age, weight-for-height and body mass index (BMI)-for-age, in preschool children are presented using z-scores based on the WHO Child Growth Standards." Reference tables are presented by country, as PDF documents; no query system is included.
Human Fertility Database (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Vienna Institute of Demography)
The Human Fertility Database covers 21 countries and includes detailed data on births, unconditional and conditional fertility rates, cohort and period fertility tables, total fertility rates, mean ages at childbearing, and parity progression ratios. Historical coverage for each country varies, and the project continues to add updates, with plans to add more countries in the future. The main page notes that at this point, the site contents are still considered preliminary and intended primarily for testing and evaluation. Access to the data requires free registration and acceptance of HFD's user agreement.
Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) (Population Studies Center, University of Michigan and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan)
The Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) "provides access to ten individual national studies of fertility encompassing the Growth of American Families (GAF), National Fertility Surveys (NFS), and National Surveys of Family Growth (NSFG) as well as a single dataset composed of harmonized variables across all ten surveys." The component studies are already available in the ICPSR archive; the first of the new harmonized files was released in April 2010. Note that while the documentation files are freely available online, data-download and online data analysis is an ICPSR members-only service. (UW-Madison is an institutional member of ICPSR.)
International Data Base (IDB) (U.S. Bureau of the Census, International Programs Center)
The IDB contains demographic statistics for all countries of the world, combining data from country sources (especially censuses and surveys) with IPC's estimates and projections to provide information dating back as far as 1950 and as far ahead as 2050. Data includes population, fertility, mortality, and migration indicators. Tables may be viewed online, downloaded in spreadsheet or customizable (comma or space delimited, etc.) format, or the entire database may be downloaded for use on a PC.
Kaiser Family Foundation (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization that focuses on health care policy and education. Their site includes sections on Entertainment and Media, HIV/AIDS, Medicaid and Medicare, Reproductive and Sexual Health, and Women's Health Policy. Research reports incorporating charts and tables are also available.
KIDS COUNT (Annie E. Casey Foundation)
KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S., by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The site now has three interactive online databases: KIDS COUNT State-Level Data Online; KIDS COUNT Census Data Online; and CLIKS: County-City-Community Level Information on Kids. All three databases let the user create profiles and rankings, plus download raw data (either text or Excel, depending on the database). Some of the databases also can produce line-graphs or maps online.
Making Connections Survey (National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago)
The Making Connections Survey, part of a larger initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a set of longitudinal data collection activities conducted over a ten year period, in ten US cities at two points in time, and in seven of the ten cities at three points in time. The Making Connections Survey is designed to measure how neighborhood change affects the well-being of children and families.
The Making Connections Survey includes questions about the broad topics of neighborhood connections, neighborhood actions, services and amenities, organizations and volunteerism, family hardship, and income and assets. The survey was conducted in Denver, Des Moines, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Seattle (White Center), Hartford, Milwaukee, Oakland, Providence, and Louisville. The baseline survey was fielded in each of the ten Making Connections neighborhoods, and in each county that contained each Making Connections neighborhood. The Wave 2 survey was fielded in the neighborhoods only. Baseline data were gathered between 2002 and 2004. Wave 2 was completed between 2005 and 2007 in the same ten sites. The Wave 3 cycle, scheduled between 2008 and 2011, was conducted in seven of the ten sites.
Data access is available through NORC's data enclave, and requires a data-access agreement, non-exempt IRB approval, and a data enclave application.
Nang Rong Projects (Thailand) (Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University (Thailand))
(from the web site) "The Nang Rong Projects are designed to monitor and promote understanding of the sweeping demographic, social, and environmental changes taking place in Nang Rong, Thailand, over the last 20 years. Scholars from across the US and Thailand contribute to research on life course choices, fertility and contraceptive behavior, migration processes, and land use/land cover change." The projects include a household census (1984, 1994, 2000); migrant follow-up data (1994/5, 2000/1); documentation of social networks; community-level data; and GIS sources. Most of the household data and migrant follow-up data are downloadable for public use, while other areas of the data are restricted and require an IRB-approved research plan and a contractual confidentiality agreement.
National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR): Data (Bowling Green State University)
The National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) conducts research on marriage and family structure around questions of the effects of marriage on the health and wellbeing of children, adults, families, and communities as well as the influence of programs and policies on marriage. The data area of their site serves the dissemination aspect of their mission. The "Data Points" page carries PDF collections of tables and figures on topics such as cohabitation, fertility characteristics, and marital duration and divorce. The "Data Source" page carries PDF documents describing recently-released data sets used by the marriage and family research community. The "Measures Snapshot" page carries documents in Excel that "provide users with information on a selection of national data sets used to measure different aspects of relationship quality, such as happiness, conflict, attitudes, and fairness." Each snapshot/spreadsheet "provides researchers with the actual wording of survey questions, the available responses for each question, the respondents for each item, variable name, codebook location, valid cases, and previous studies that have used each variable."
National Data Analysis System (NDAS) (Child Welfare League of America)
The National Data Analysis System provides data and information about child welfare in order to provide an information-based grounding for children's programs and policies in the US. Data available from the site include child abuse and neglect, adoption and foster care, child health, juvenile justice, and child welfare administration. Users can create their own tables and graphs for a single state or groups of states. Tables may be downloaded as ASCII files to be read in Excel. Many topics only cover the latest year's data, generally two years behind due to reporting cycles. However, some topics have data over time going back a decade or more. The site also provides fact sheets and data trends reports for the fifty states plus the District of Columbia.
National Marriage Project (University of Virginia)
The National Marriage Project, formerly located at Rutgers, is now at the University of Virginia. It is a national clearinghouse for research and information on marriage. Reports on the status of marriage are issued regularly by the project. An annual compendium of statistics and other information on marriage called The State of Our Unions is available from this web site. Periodically their researchers also conduct surveys and fieldworks with a focus on younger non-college men and women, and review and critique marriage and family-life education programs in the schools. It is a useful source to locate citations to datasets used in research on marriage and relationships.
National Survey of Families and Households (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Contains the most current edition of those data, right here at the UW. After reading the online documentation, follow the link to the ftp site for downloading. There is also an excellent bibliography on the site.
Office of Population Research (OPR) Data Archive (Princeton University)
Princeton's OPR website houses a collection of publicly-available data with an emphasis on fertility and family health. Downloadable datasets include the World Fertility Surveys and the Central American Population Program among many others. A searchable catalog is available on the site.
Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) (National Science Foundation and National Institute on Aging and others)
The PSID is a longitudinal survey of a representative sample of US individuals and their families, ongoing since 1968. The data were collected each year through 1997, and every other year starting in 1999. Topics include income and wealth, expenses, education, and health care. A section on philanthropic giving and volunteering was added in 2001. A subsetting utility is available on the site, or data files may be downloaded in their entirety.
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.
Puerto Rican Maternal and Infant Health Study (PRMIHS) (Population Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University)
The PRMIHS is a cross-sectional study designed to provide information on the determinants of poor infant health among Puerto Ricans. The PRMIHS entailed collection of personal interview data from 2,763 mothers of Puerto Rican infants sampled from the 1994 and 1995 birth and infant death records of six U.S. vital statistics reporting areas (Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City, Pennsylvania) and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The survey collected information on: infant mortality; birth weight; maternal health habits during pregnancy (e.g., nutrition, smoking, alcohol and drug use); prenatal care; well-baby care; illnesses and accidents during infancy; infant development and behavior; migration experience; acculturation; marriage patterns; social support. Data is freely available for download, subject to approval of an online application.
Quick Health Data Online (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
Quick Health Data Online (formerly known as National Women's Health Indicators Database) "provides state- and county-level data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories and possessions. Data are available by gender, race and ethnicity and come from a variety of national and state sources. The system is organized into eleven main categories, including demographics, mortality, natality, reproductive health, violence, prevention, disease and mental health. Within each main category, there are numerous subcategories." Results can be exported in Excel, CSV, PDF or TIFF.
Sociometrics Corporation (Sociometrics Corp)
The Sociometrics Corporation is a commercial entity that provides data & documentation in six major areas: sexuality, health & adolescence; family; social research on aging; drug abuse; AIDS/STD; and disability. Studies can be searched or browsed; The datasets may be ordered for a fee, or may be available through other DISC subscriptions.
The Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx) (The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME))
The Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx) is created and supported by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center at the University of Washington. The GHDx is built as a comprehensive catalog and repository of health and demographic datasets from different places and providers for research. Standardized citations are provided to encourage appropriate acknowledgment of data owners’ contributions.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy)
The web site of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy carries two data sections, one for national data and one for state data. State profiles offer HTML tables with one year of statistics and links to data sources for topics including teen demographics, teen pregnancy and birth, teen contraceptive use, and teen sexual activity. Pull down menus allow comparisons between states. National data includes fact sheets and National Campaign polling reports in PDF, and reports calculating costs of teen childbearing per state.
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 Health and Human Services (HHS) (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and
Page contains many current policy documents for the department.
- statistics/data section of their policy-planning page.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Includes health information, travelers' health, publications including the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), in PDF format. Also on this site are reports and data files from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
- National Institutes of Health
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.
Wisconsin Health Statistics (Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS))
This site provides links to statistics on various aspects of health information in Wisconsin. Topical links include cancer, health care providers, health insurance status, Behavioral Risk Factor survey, Family Health survey, local data, minority health, oral health, vital statistics, and tracking the state health plan (Healthiest Wisconsin 2010).
Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH) (Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services)
This site allows users to query a database of birth and population data over multiple years starting in 1989 for the state of Wisconsin, for maternal and child health. Indicators include low birth weight, teen births, and prenatal care. Results are returned as HTML tables.
World Fertility Surveys (Princeton University, Office of Population Research)
The Princeton Office of Population Research makes available the World Fertility Surveys as individual zipped data archives.
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