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Public Policy and Management: Data and Statistics

Public Policy and Management, Information Systems Management, Information Technology-- Research Guide

Public Opinion and Polling


Federal Election Commission

Created in 1975, the FEC is designed to disclose campaign finance information; to enforce the limits, prohibitions and other provisions of the election law; and to administer the public funding of Presidential elections. Information includes a citizens' guide to contributions and the law, financial information about candidates, parties, and PACs; and financial reports filed by presidential and house campaigns, parties, and PACs.

Electoral College Box Scores (National Archives and Records Administration)
Presented here are electoral college results for presidential and vice presidential candidates, vote totals, and other information about elections from 1789 until the present.

Pennsylvania Department of State
Information is provided regarding voter registration, campaign finance, and elections in Pennyslvania.

Geospatial Resources


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For more about geospatial data, visit the Spatial Data research guide.

Text and Data Mining

For information, tools and resources for Text and Data Mining, visit the Text and Data Mining research guide.

Data Collaborations Lab

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The CMU Libraries Data Collaboration Lab (DataCoLAB) connects the research community across disciplinary borders, and facilitates collaborations between data producers and data scientists. The program connects researchers who want more from their datasets with individuals who have data and computer science skills, creating opportunities for people with different technical and disciplinary backgrounds to work together.

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International Statistics

United States Statistics

State and Local Statistics

Census State Data Centers
These centers are cooperative ventures between the Census Bureau and state statistical offices. The Pennsylvania site includes much of the data found in the Pennsylvania Abstract and the County Data Books described below.

Pennsylvania State Data Center
Hosted by Penn State, this online resource provide updated fact sheets and demographic statistics for the state of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Abstract 1992-. (Print resource)
Data covers population, housing, marital status, employment and income, education, social services, state and local taxes, crime and law enforcement, and sectors of the economy.

Pennsylvania County Data Book (Print resource)
Hunt Library holds volumes for the six counties that make up the Pittsburgh metropolitan area -- Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. The spiral-bound data books include information on demographics, transportation, housing, income, and quality of life. Much of this data is available through the Pennsylvania State Data Center web site.

Google Dataset Search



Try Google's dataset search. Search the web for datasets on any topic.

Local and Regional Data

Commercial data aggregators

The library offers access to a number of commercial products that aim to facilitate the discovery and use of data from public and private sources.

Sources for Microdata

Microdata are data for which the statistical units are individual people or objects. These data have not yet been aggregated into statistics about groups, and thus can be downloaded, manipulated, used in statistical models, etc. Below are a few sources for large population and economic microdata sets.

New data exploration tools