Normative Narratives

Data Sources

African Development Bank Fragile States Portal: This web-based portal consolidates information on Fragile States, providing a one-stop-shop platform to navigate these indicators and their documents and offer customized tools for data management, analysis and display. The AfDB Fragile States Portal (FSP) features visually-compelling interactive maps, insightful and informative reports and an analytical interface to view data in one user-friendly platform.

Brookings Institution Fiscal Barometer: The Fiscal Barometer tracks trends in federal, state and local spending, revenues, and employment. It shows ten indicators, including the Fiscal Impact Measure, a gauge of the contributions that government makes to the near-term pace of economic growth. These indicators highlight the important role of state and local government policies, sometimes overlooked in the Washington debate over federal taxes and spending.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Census Bureau

Congressional Budget Office: Nonpartisan analysis for the U.S. congress

Databases: Statistics and Indicators for Monitoring Economic Social and Cultural (ESC) rights: Human development indicators and other socio-economic statistics are essential tools for monitoring ESC rights and assessing governments’ compliance with their obligations. Below are some of the most useful and reliable international data sources.  (Special thanks to the Center of Economic and Social Rights for compiling this extensive list of databases)

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS)–USAID: The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries.

FRED: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louise, a national leader in economic research and data analysis. Great source for graphs on U.S. economic trends over time.

Gallup (Analytics) delivers forward-thinking research, analytics, and advice to help leaders solve their most pressing problems

Green Growth Knowledge Platform: The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organizations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world-class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy.

Human Rights Indicators (United Nations OHCHR)Qualitative and quantitative indicators are essential tools in the realization of and jurisprudence of the human rights treaty bodies call for the development of statistical indicators and data collection to help measure our progress in human rights.

Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX): A UN administered  portal to access and visualize humanitarian data in real time.

IMF World Economic Outlook: IMF report, summarizing global economic events, customizable macroeconomic database. Two reports a year plus regular updates.

New American Economy: Website highlighting the economic impact / benefit of immigration in the U.S.

OEC The Observatory of Economic Complexity: The Observatory of Economic Complexity makes international trade data and economic complexity indicators available through millions of interactive visualizations.

OECD StatisticsA good place to go for data on OECD countries, especially with respect to spending on social programs and poverty numbers.

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

Trading Economics:  A great site for exchange rates and other financial market indicators

UN Millennium Development GoalsGood source of data and background info on issues in development. Good source for the casual observer or the social scientist.

USAFactsA new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society. It is a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic initiative and has no political agenda or commercial motive.

USA Spending: USA Spending tracks federal spending to ensure taxpayers can see how their money is being used in communities across America.

White House Office of Budget and Management: Historical Tables provide data on budget receipts, outlays, surpluses or deficits, Federal debt, and Federal employment over an extended time period, generally from 1940 or earlier to present

World Bank: Another fully customizable database, with more in depth options than the IMF offers.

The World Top Incomes Database: Comprehensive database of income distribution by country over time.

2 thoughts on “Data Sources

  1. trading economics should be *site, not “sight” but whatever


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