Who Needs Data? Publicly Available Datasets You Can Use in Class

Looking for large publicly available data for your students to explore? Below we provide a collection of sources and links.

The Stanford Open Policing ProjectStandardized stop data are available to download (by location) from the table below. We provide these data in both CSV and RDS formats.Click here
The General Social Survey (GSS)​​​Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has provided politicians, policymakers, and scholars with a clear and unbiased perspective on what Americans think and feel about such issues as national spendi​ng priorities, crime and punishment, intergroup relations, and confidence in institutions.Click here
Urban Institute Education Data ExplorerThis institution-level database contains data on institution characteristics, student characteristics, admissions, completions, graduation rates, student loan repayment, and earnings. Data are from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the College Scorecard, and the National Historical Geographic Information System.Click here
Pew ResearchPew Research Center makes its data available to the public for secondary analysis after a period of time. Topics include things like U.S. Politics & Policy, Journalism & Media, Internet & Tech, Science & Society Religion & Public Life, Hispanic Trends, Global Attitudes & Trends, and Social & Demographic Trends. Here’s an article about accessing their data sets. Click here
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