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Statistical information

Statistical information consists of collected facts and figures about a particular topic or group of people. The information comes in many formats but is often presented in tables or charts and can cover recent or historical periods.

Statistics can be collected in one off surveys, or they might be collected on a regular basis, for example the national population census is every ten years.

Some statistics are subject specific, whereas others, such as census figures or population statistics, might be useful for all subjects.

If you can't find the information you're looking for, try thinking about which agency or organisation might collect the data and look at their website or contact them. A word of caution, though: not everything is recorded and the data might not have been collected.

Statistical Resources

The UN produces a series of research guides for example:

Statistics resource guide which guides you to UN and other statistical sources.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Children and Youth

Examples of Global Health Observatory data topics include:

  • Adolescent health
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Child development
  • Child growth standards
  • Child health
  • Child maltreatment (child abuse)
  • Children’s environmental health
  • Early child development
  • Growth reference data for 5-19 year olds
  • Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health
  • School and youth health
  • Social determinants of health

Including these local statistics: child health; inequality; age profiles.  If the links don’t work for you, try swapping your web browser to Internet Explorer.

Note the short training videos available from this link.

These two links provide largely the same information, but two different ways of accessing it. For the first one there’s the simplicity of just entering a postcode and getting information, for the second one there’s more capacity to compare different areas by just clicking on different bits of the map.