Using statistics in your assignments or research can help provide supporting evidence for your work. As part of your studies you may be required to find, access and present statistical data. Used correctly, statistics can help you:
The majority of statistics are collected by government organisations. Statistics are used by government agencies for planning and policy purposes. International organisations, special interest groups and professional associations also collect and publish statistical data.
To find statistics to use in your research or assignments, start by identifying organisations that might be collecting the types of data you are looking for. They may include:
It is important to evaluate statistical sources and data. Questions to ask include: