Social Welfare Policy/ Professor Mignon Duffy

Source list for Goverment Statistics

Other Sources

Statistical Sources

 The U.S. Government is the largest gatherer and publisher of statistics. You can also find statistical information from Advocacy Groups, organizations and from journal articles. Be aware of the basis of the statistics (what was gathered, by whom and when) as well the bias of who may have gathered the statistics.

 Statistical Abstract of the United States - Start here. Even if you cannot find the specific data you are looking for, you can identify which agency may produce the data you need and then go to that website. Earlier Editions of Statistical Abstract of the United States are available for comparison of data .
Because of budget cutback there will be no SA after the 2011 edition.  Be sure to thank your Senators & Representatives in Congress.

  •  Administration of Children & Families - Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Statistics
  •  Child Welfare Information Gateway - Find statistics on adoption, forter care, abuse & neglect, child and family well-being and links to other sites providing statistics.
  •  U.S. Bureau of the Census - The Census Bureau is the main source of demographic and socioeconomic data for the United States.  For Census data, search the Bureau's American FactFinder or browse by Subjects A-Z.  Use the 2010 Interactive Pop Map
  • Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics - This is a consortium of US government agencies responsible for improving the quality and usefulness of data on older Americans. The site includes a link to: Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being, reports including data on population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care of older Americans.
  •  Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - Find links to federal and state reports on children and families. The site includes access to the annual federal report titled America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being.
  • Fedstat - Access official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them.
  •  Government Statistics - from GODORT's Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information.
  •  Guide to State Statistical Abstracts - " All sources contain statistical tables on a variety of subjects for the state as a whole, its component parts, or both.".
  • Massachusetts State Data Center - presents timely information concerning the performance of and prospects for the Massachusetts economy, including periodic economic analyses of major geographic regions within the state and an array of key industries that make up the economic base of the state.
  • MetroBoston DataCommon - The DataCommon is "an interactive data portal and online mapping tool that provides a wealth of information about the region's people, communities and neighborhoods through a wide variety of topics."