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Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) (Alan Guttmacher Institute)
The Guttmacher Institute is a research and policy organization. It produces a wide range of resources on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.

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. (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. (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The U.S. Census Bureau has a new platform for visitors to access its data and digital content. Surveys and programs on the new platform include 2017 Economic Census and 2018 American Community Survey. American FactFinder and DataFerrett will be replaced by this new platform. Starting in June 2019, American FactFinder will have no new data releases. On the new platform, visitors can type in words or phrases in one simple search box or use advanced search by topics, geographies, years, surveys, and industries. Data can be downloaded in CSV format. OnTheMap, MyCongressional District, and many other tools will continue to be available to Census data users. Check out Data Gems for experts' tips and How-to documents about this new microdata analysis system.

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.

Harmonized DHS data is available at IPUMS Global Health.

Family Life Surveys (FLS) (The RAND Corporation)
The Family Life Surveys (FLS) are detailed household and community surveys of developing countries conducted by the RAND Corporation, in collaboration with research institutions in the given countries. The currently available country surveys cover Malaysia (1976-77, 1988-89), Indonesia (1993, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2014), Guatemala (1995), and Bangladesh (1996). The web site also has newsletters and bibliographies on the FLS. Data and document files from Malaysia, Indonessia (1993 only), Guatemala, and Bandldesh are archived at the Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) within 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.

Generations and Gender Contextual Database (GGP) (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)
The Generations and Gender Programme (GGP) is a research infrastructure for Social Science. It provides micro- and macro-level data at the national and regional level to improve the knowledge base for social science and policymaking in Europe and developed countries elsewhere. GPP has these key features: cross-national comparability, a longitudinal design, a large sample size, a broad age range, a combination of micro and macro data and a theory-driven and multidisciplinary questionnaire. The GGP surveys and contextual database provide a wide variety of data for policy relevant research by demographers, economists, sociologists, social policy researchers, social psychologists and epidemiologists. Researchers need to register first before they access GGP data.

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 datasets 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.)

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) (Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota)

The IPUMS project makes census microdata available for the U.S. (1850 to present) and for an increasing number of international censuses. For each arm of the project (U.S., International, and Current Population Survey), samples are combined into a unified database, with uniform codes and integrated documentation. Users can create and download extracts online. One major asset of IPUMS International, the international arm of the project, is the inventory of known censuses and surviving microdata. Free registration and agreement to conditions of use are required for download.

The site also includes the following projects from the Minnesota Population Center:

  • American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
  • Global Health
  • Integrated Health Interview Series
  • Harmonized International Census Data
  • National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)
  • North Atlantic Population Project
  • Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System
  • Terra Integrates Population and Environmental Data

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.

IPUMS Global Health (Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota)
IPUMS Global Health includes integrated international health surveys data form Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA). DHS covers Africa and South Asian surveys from the 1980s to the present with variables on pregnancy termination, childrearing, women's work, marriage and sexuality, family planning, HIV, malaria, postpartum care, health care access, treatment of child fever/respiratory illness, and vaccinations. Integrated PMA surveys are administered frequently to monitor trends in select high-fertility countries in Africa and Asia. IPUMS PMA provides an interactive web dissemination system for PMA data with variable documentation on thousands of harmonized variables on family planning, water and sanitation, and health.

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. Its KIDS COUNT Data Center provides high-quality data and trend analysis in nation, state, territory and city levels. KIDS COUNT indicators can be viewed by location, by topic and by characteristics.

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.

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.

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) (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. It provides resources to facilitate research on families and well-being. Original Data collections are available for public use. Family Profiles summarized original statistical analyses on U.S. families. The Data Source describes datasets of interest to researchers. Question Crosswalks compares key family measures such as marriage and remarriage, cohabitation, divorce and separation from a dozen large national datasets. Visitor can browse data resources by topic.

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 Early Care and Education (NSECE), 2010-2015 (Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation- an office of the Administration for Children and Families)
This survey was conducted in 2012 to gather data about variuos aspects of early childhood care and education throughout the United States. Both the needs of those utilizing these types of services (esp. low-income families) and the availability of various services and programs were explored to determine how well these two areas complemented each other. Respondents included family members, staff, and others involved with early childhood care and education.

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.

Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) (Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020)
Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) uses innovative mobile technology to support low-cost, rapid-turnaround surveys monitoring key health and development indicators. It collects a nationally representative sample of data from households and service delivery points in selected sentinel sites, to estimate health indicators on an annual basis. Topics include family planning, key water, sanitation and hygiene indicators, menstrual hygiene management, diarrheal disease, women and girls empowerment, and others. All PMA2020 datasets are free to download and use, although users are required to register for a PMA2020 dataset account. Harmonized PMA data series are available from IPUMS PMA.

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.

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 CSV or PDF.

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 (ISS) 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.

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 a comprehensive catalog and repository of health and demographic datasets from different places and providers for health research. Its sources include surveys, censuses, vital statistics, and administrative records. Visitors can browse GHDx by data types, keywords, organizations, countries, and series and systems. 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)

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 more.

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 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.

WomanStats (The WomanStats Project)
WomanStats is a comprehensive database on the situation and status of women in the world. It covers issues such as rape, sex trafficking, maternal and child mortality, family law, women in government and the military, and many others for countries with populations greater than 200,000 persons. It includes quantitative data, qualitative information, current legal statutes, and scales created by the WomanStats researchers for cross-national comparison. Over 350 variables are organized by nine categories:

  • Women's Physical Security
  • Women's Economic Security
  • Women's Legal Security
  • Women's Security in the Community
  • Women's Security in the Family
  • Security for Maternity
  • Women's Security Through Voice
  • Security Through Societal Investment in Women
  • Women's Security in the State
To download data, you need to register with the site.

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.

World Marriage Data (Population Division, United Nations)
The World Marriage Data site presents comparable and up-to-date national data over time on the marital status of populations and the singulate mean age at marriage (SMAM) for countries around the world. Data starts from around 1950 to the most recent data available. Major sources are censuses, sample surveys and national estimates. Time series data are available and viewable online for users to query interactively and download (in Excel format).

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