Statistics are often freely available on the web. When trying to find statistical information, ask yourself:
- Are statistics likely to have been collected on this topic?
- If so, which organisation would collect/publish these type of statistics?
- State government;
- Federal government;
- International governments;
- International agencies;
- Private entities; and
- Membership organisations.
Statistics may also be reported in newspaper, magazine and journal articles.
Be prepared for the possibility that:
- Statistics may not exist for the variables you require;
- The most recent statistics available may be several years old; and
- Some statistics are not freely available.