Other Data Archives


The following sources offer a range of relevant Social Sciences data.


Central Statistics Office


- Statbank http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/statire/SelectTable/Omrade0.asp?Planguage=0
- Statbank tutorial http://www.cso.ie/en/newsandevents/youtubevideos/statbanktutorial/


Public health www.thehealthwell.info/
Health www.hiqa.ie/healthcare/health-information/data-collections/online-catalogue
Children www.dcya.gov.ie/inventory-of-data-sources-on-childrens-lives/
Irish Qualitative Data Archive


The Irish Qualitative Data Archive (IQDA), based at NUI Maynooth, is a valuable complement to ISSDA's services and a central access point for qualitative social science data including interviews, pictures and other non-numerical material. It provides online access to all new qualitative data generated within the Irish Social Sciences Platform, and to selected existing data.




UK Data Archive www.data-archive.ac.uk/
UK Data Service http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/



Consortium of European Social Science data Archives (CESSDA) www.cessda.eu  


Data can be accessed via the ZACAT service provided by GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (requires registration). The Eurobarometer is a long-running series of datasets that track attitudes on EU-related and other issues. Funded by the European Commission, it has been running since 1973, and comprises a rich source of cross-national data.

European Social Survey

Data can be accessed on the ESS data archive (requires registration). The European Social Surveyis an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. Collection of ESS data in Ireland is facilitated by a grant from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.

European Values Survey

Data is available via ZACAT (requires registration). The European Values Study is a large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research program on basic human values. It provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values and opinions of citizens all over Europe.

Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)

Data is available via the SHARE Research Data Center (requires registration).  The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of more than 45,000 individuals aged 50 or over.



Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)


ISSDA subscribes to the ICPSR on behalf of Irish universities. More information on our ICPSR page.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series - International


IPUMS-International is a project dedicated to collecting and distributing census data from around the world.

International Social Survey Programme

Data is available via ZACAT (registration required). The ISSP is a continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research. It brings together pre-existing social science projects and coordinates research goals, thereby adding a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual national studies. 

PISA International Database

Website: via the OECD PISA is a survey of students' skills and knowledge as they approach the end of compulsory education. It is not a conventional school test. Rather than examining how well students have learned the school curriculum, it looks at how well prepared they are for life beyond school.


Data is available via TIMSS & PIRLS. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) measure comparative educational achievement.


Data is available via UNdata.  UNdata is provided by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.

World Health Organization (WHO)



World Bank


Useful link to international data providers http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/get-data/other-providers/international.aspx