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The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is committed to advancing education research through providing access to scientific data collected through its grant-funded research programs. Such access provides opportunities for other researchers to review, confirm or challenge study findings, which is an important aspect of the scientific process. In addition, providing access to data can enhance scientific inquiry through a variety of other analytic activities, including the use of shared data to: test alternative theories or hypotheses; explore different sets of research questions than those targeted by the original researchers; combine data from multiple sources to provide potential new insights and areas of inquiry; and/or conduct methodological studies to advance education research methods and statistical analyses.
Tips for your assignments
Open Data sources mix field surveys and questionnaire research, so when looking for questionnaire survey tools include the term "questionnaire" in your search strategy.
Selected Education Data Repositories
NCES Survey-based Education Statistics Publications
Publications based on the results of surveys that used the NCES "Fast Response Survey System" (whose data is freely available). Data sets, including questionnaires, available at the "Downloads" link.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics
A primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.
Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center at Carnegie Mellon
This repository boasts that it is "the world's largest repository of learning interaction data."
Resource Center for Minority Data
Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) provides educators, researchers, and students with data resources so that they can produce analysis of issues affecting racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States.
RCMD provides access and analytic tools enhancements to use of the vast array of available data. The archive collection allows researchers to track changes in outcomes and status of minority populations and contributing factors.
Selected General Sources for Data
Harvard's Data Repository
The Harvard Dataverse is openly available to researchers and data collectors worldwide from all disciplines, to deposit data.
Datahub is a free, powerful data management platform from the Open Knowledge Foundation, based on the CKAN data management system.
Cornell's Roper Center
Public Datasets from opinion polls back tot he 1930s.
Deposit your own data
What is the Dataverse Repository?
The Texas State University Dataverse Research Data Repository is an open access data repository for researchers affiliated with Texas State University. The repository consists of datasets produced by the University community, available for public access and re-use. Each dataset includes citation information and a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), facilitating attribution, usage tracking and linking of data to research publications. The Repository can play an important role in fulfilling Data Management Plan requirements by funding agencies, such as NSF and NIH, and provide for data re-use and archiving.This archive is supported by the Texas State University Library and hosted by the Texas Digital Library.
General policies for Dataverse Repositories are available here. For further information on using the Repository, please consult the User Guide or contact us at email@example.com.
Is your dataset ready for sharing or publication? Use our checklist to make sure.
DMP Template Language
This template language will help researchers accurately describe the Texas State University Dataverse Data Repository in their Data Management Plans (DMPs).
Even more Data
Data Sets Interfaces
The Library has purchased access to a number of interfaces for accessing data and brought them together for you here.
Some additional sources the library subscribes to for you to access statistical data.
Dissertations and Theses
Dissertations are certainly a gold mine of original data with detailed descriptions of methodologies and instruments.