data are collected and disseminated by a variety of organizations, from
think tanks to the national statistical offices of governments.
Thinking about these questions can be helpful in your data search:
researchers are collecting evidence to bring to bear on their
hypotheses as you are doing in the course of your scholarship. Intergovernmental
organizations such as the World Bank include data collection and
dissemination in their mission. Think tanks and nongovernmental
organizations might collect and share data to further their
communication and advocacy objectives. Governments collect a wide
range of data on everything from their nation’s trade to censuses of
Keep in mind that not everything worth being counted is in fact yet counted, and data might be collected but kept proprietary or sold at prohibitive cost. Data that are shared might still be hard to access.
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