Statistics are created from collected data that is a result of research, a study, an experiment, or a survey.
Data is the primary source. It is usually in the form of a digital set that can be analysed using software. Datasets are groupings of data.
Statistics provide an interpretation and summary of the data and are the result of data analysis.
Consider who might collect the statistics your require and then where these statistics might be published!
The following are some key sources of statistical information:.
Governments gather official statistics relating to their countries via a central agency, for example:
To find more country agencies go to the list provided by the United Nations Statistics Division:
Some countries also provide portals to help people discover open datasets released by government organisations, for example:
There are regional statistical agencies who work with national agencies to provide official statistics. Key regional agencies are: