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Questions to Consider
When looking for statistics, ask yourself these questions:
- Who/what would collect statistics on my topic?
Governments tend to collect many kinds of statistics as do news organizations, polling places, institutes, think tanks and researchers also collect data.
- How would statistics on my topic be made public?
You can find statistics in a number of places, both in print and online. Not every statistic is publicly available, however.
- What possible barriers might prevent me from finding statistics on my topic?
Statistics for your topic might not be public or available in a neat package. There might be language barriers. Data may simply not have been collected on your topic.
Data & Statistics
Adolescent and School Health
Includes school health profiles and data from studies related to adolescent health, nutrition, risk behaviors, and physical activity. From the Centers for Disease Control.
Adolescent Health - Healthy People 2020
Healthy People 2020 is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats. This section focuses on adolescent health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
From the National Institute of Mental Health.
Compiled by the The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum), a collection of 22 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families.
County Health Rankings
Provides county health rankings for each state. The County Health Rankings are a component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
A portal for all sorts of statistical data from federal Web sites.
Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health
The DRC is a non-profit, national data resource providing easy access to children’s health data on a variety of important topics, including the health and well-being of children and access to quality care.
FastStats - Adolescent Health
Brief stats related to health status, obesity, smoking and alcohol use, access to health care, mortality, and causes of death. From the Centers for Disease Control.
Kids Count Data: By State
Select a state from the map to access state, county, city, congressional district data and more.
Kids Count Data: By Topic
Select a topic (e.g. safety and risky behaviors) and then create custom data reports, rankings, maps and graphs for indicator of interest.
National Center for Health Statistics
A wealth of data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control. Click on FastStats for health statistics by topic.
Office of Adolescent Health
Includes information and data related to healthy relationships, mental health, physical activity, nutrition, reproductive health, and substance abuse.
Information on a variety of issues, risk factors, and treatments. Includes links to statistics and research studies. From Medline.
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