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Table of Data Sources

Contained in this table are some suggestions for data that you might need to collect and the possible ways to find that data. Remember that the data you may need might vary somewhat from this list. Be sure to consider what other data you may have available to you to help assess your community and understand both the problems and solutions you are faced with.

Data Domains:
What Data Do You Want?

Data Sources:
Who Collects This Data?

Data Access Points:
Where Can You Find This Data?

Demographic data, such as age, gender, school/level, race/ethnicity, etc.

U.S. Census
Local program data
Local survey data

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Prevention Platform
GIS Mapping Tools

Socioeconomic data, such as income, employment, housing, etc.

U.S. Census
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Housing & Urban Development

Public records
Prevention Platform
GIS Mapping Tools

Crime and delinquency data, such as arrests, reported crimes, violence and substance-related offenses, etc.

Local law enforcement agencies
U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Uniform Crime Reports
Drug Abuse Warning Network
Drug Use Forecasting System
OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book

Public health data, such as mortality/morbidity, teen pregnancy, immunizations, illnesses, etc.

Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control

Vital health statistics
Hospital records
Coroner’s office
Hospital emergency rooms’ Discharge data sets

Education data, such as academic achievement, graduation/completion, attendance/enrollment, dropout, suspensions and expulsions

U.S. Department of Education
State Departments of Education
Local School Districts

Education public records, reports, and data

Traffic/transportation data, such as car crashes, licenses, etc.

U.S. Department of Transportation
State Department of Motor Vehicles
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Traffic and transportation public records, reports, and data

Other public data sources, especially systematically collected survey data

National surveys, such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Monitoring the Future, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Communities That Care, Assets Survey

State surveys
Local community surveys
School surveys

Program/grant funding data, such as Block Grant and Discretionary Grant Information Systems, etc.

National Funds Data Systems (e.g., BGAS)
State and community management information systems

Federal, State, and community agencies