Where to find interesting & useful global data. Disclaimer: most of this data is pretty dense and looks far more approachable in interesting graphs and visuals.
Health data for developing countries
Statcompiler – Quick reference tool with all DHS indicators. You can use this to grab a quick snapshot of health, education, and other social indicators collected in DHS surveys. Select RHS, AIS, and MIS survey is also included; where these data sources are used, they are included in a footnote. Use the “Build a Table” tool rather than the “Express Viewer”; for some reason, there are occasional data accuracy issues when using the Express Viewer. And do read the footnotes; you may find that the age of the sample, or the time frame, changes for some countries, which you should note in your data analysis.
DHS Report List - If you want to check actual DHS reports for data, go here. For most older reports (2005 and earlier) you can choose to download PDFs of individual chapters, rather than downloading the entire massive PDF of the full report (which is often upwards of 300-400 pages).
DOLPHN (Data Online for Population, Health, and Nutrition) – Contains data for health indicators, including both WHO and DHS data. Has most health indicators that might be of interest.
World Bank Open Data Initiative – If the World Bank collects it, or someone related to/connected to the WB collects it, it’s probably here. You can access economic, funding, health, employment, education, and other data, as well as information about multiple indices.
UNICEF Child Info - Contains many data points from State of the Worlds Children, MICS, and other data sources used or compiled by UNICEF. Great source for nutrition information and vaccination information not collected by the DHS (HiB, for example).
MICSCompiler - aggregates tables for MICS data on different child and maternal health data.
Micronutrient Initiative – We use this source for data on maternal anemia, though other data is available. Pretty self explanatory.
Population Reference Bureau Datafinder – Data for the US and other countries around the world including everything from health to economic security. Not always great for time series data depending on what you’re looking for, but can be great for most recent statistics.
Global Health Datasets
Global Health Data Exchange – regularly updated archive of global health datasets, including DHS, RHS, IHME research, and more. Best for downloading datasets, not looking for indicator-specific information for easy export. Hosted and updated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
UNAIDS AIDSInfo - contains data for UNAIDS reports on HIV prevalence, incidence, ART coverage, and other related indicators.
Other Health/Health Systems Resources
Human Resources for Health Resource Page – has a great trove of documents, both global and country-specific, and live support from a librarian if you’re looking for something and cannot find it on your own. Maintained by CAPACITYPlus project, funded by USAID.
Monitoring the Building Blocks of Health Systems: A Handbook of Indicators and their Measurement Strategies – an analysis of specific indicators to use for measuring the six building blocks of a health system identified by the WHO; one of the more comprehensive M&E handbooks/toolkits for those looking for health systems strengthening information.
Aid Data – A beta version of a database meant to pool all funding flows in a central location. Note that the USG has limited how much of their funding data was available, so you might be able to find more program-specific funding information for other countries’ aid agencies than for USAID.
Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) – The largest available database of technical and program documents that USAID has. You can download a ton of PDFs here, but there isn’t a user-friendly interface of funding flows or an easy way to break out numbers by country or region.
ForeignAssistance.gov – A database released in December 2010 to provide a more transparent source of information about funding flows for foreign assistance program, sortable by implementing agency, recipient country/region, and other filters. Data is downloadable in Excel format and it can pop out some nifty graphs.
World Bank Mapping for Development – data on WB funding flows, as well as some MDG and Human Development indicators (ex. IMR, malnutrition, SBA)
Guttmacher Institute International Database – both state and international data on reproductive health indicators
Peace and Security Index data sources
National Counterterrorism Center [data on incidents of terrorism, locations, and casualties]
World Bank Governance Indicators [political stability and absence of violence]
Fund for Peace Failed States Index [assessment for five core state institutions; criminalization or delegitamization of the state; bad neighborhood]
Political Instability Task Force [instability]
UNICEF TransMONEE Database [violent crime, E&E only]
World Bank WDI [military expenditure as a percent of GDP]
Globalization Indexthrough AK Kearney & Foreign Policy Magazine [peacekeeping]
CIRI Human Rights Data Project – free, but must create a login/password [human rights]
Additional available databases maintained by the Economic Analysis and Data Services office (which I haven’t used as often, but the links are pretty self explanatory):
(USAID token required) Economic Analysis and Data Services
(USAID token required) Economic and Social Database
US Official Development Assistance Database - latest available data is 2008
US Overseas Loans and Grants - “Greenbook”, latest available data is 2008; lists the funding obligation instead of the amount disbursed or appropriated
Global Education Database – created by special request; includes UNESCO and DHS data, as well as select analytic tools