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French data

Reseau Quetelet
As part of the Progedo TGIR (Very Large Research Infrastructure), the Reseau Quetelet provides the scientific community with major survey data and databases compiled by France's official statistics office or through research:
Dissemination of anonymised data
The CMH-Adisp, CDSP and the INED Surveys Department collect, document and disseminate anonymised survey data.

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The Secure Data Access Centre (CASD) is a data service facility that allows researchers to work on highly detailed personal data — which is therefore subject to confidentiality constraints — in a highly secure environment.

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Ministerial Statistical Departments
TopicDepartment nameMinistryWebsite
Agriculture Service de la Statistique et de la Prospective (SSP) Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt
Local Government Département des Etudes et des Statistiques Locales (DESL) Ministère de l'Intérieur
Culture Département des Etudes, de la Prospective et des Statistiques (Deps) Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Defence Observatoire Economique de la Défense (OED) Ministère de la Défense
Substainable Development Service de l'Observation et des Statistiques (SOeS) Ministère de l'Ecologie, du Développement durable et de l'Energie
Customs Département des Statistiques et des Etudes Economiques (DSEE) Ministère des Finances et des comptes publics
Education Direction de l'Evaluation, de la Prospective et de la Performance (Depp) Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Higher Education, Research Sous-direction des Systèmes d'information et des Etudes Statistiques (SIES) Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Public Finance Bureau des études statistiques en matière fiscale (bureau GF3C) Ministère des Finances et des comptes publics
Civil Service Département des Etudes et des Statistiques Ministère de la Décentralisation et de la Fonction publique
Immigration Département des Statistiques, des Etudes et de la Documentation (DSED) Ministère de l'Intérieur
Youth Affairs and Sports Mission des études, de l'observation et des statistiques (Meos) Ministère de la ville, de la jeunesse et des sports
Justice Sous-direction de la statistique et des études Ministère de la Justice
Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Bureau des statistiques des pêches et de l'aquaculture Ministère de l'Ecologie, du développement durable et de l'énergie
Health and Solidarity Direction de la Recherche, des Etudes, de l'Evaluation et des Statistiques (Drees) Ministère des Affaires sociales, de la Santé et des droits des femmes
Internal Security Service statistique ministériel de la sécurité intérieure (SSMSI) Ministère de l'Intérieur
Labour, Employment and Vocational Training Direction de l'Animation de la Recherche, des Etudes et des Statistiques (Dares) Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi, de la Formation professionnelle et du Dialogue social
European Data

CESSDA, Consortium of European Social Sciences Data Archives, hosts a catalogue of data disseminated by archive centres across Europe.

Eurostat— the European Commission's statistics department — provides a range of indicators and data tables on EU member states. Databases are also available under certain conditions.

A few European-wide surveys available for research purposes

ESS European Social Survey
The European Social Survey is an academic survey conducted every two years since 2001. It measures attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns in more than 30 nations. In France, the survey is conducted by Sciences Po. For further information, see the ESS France website and the ESS website

SHARE Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe
SHARE is a multidisciplinary, cross-national, panel database of data on some 80,000 Europeans aged 50 and over. SHARE data is used to analyse socio-economic issues associated with ageing populations. In France, the SHARE survey is conducted by Paris Dauphine University

Generations and Gender Program
GGP is a system of national survey.The main purpose of the programme is to improve the understanding of ongoing demographic and social changes, and the factors which influence them, with particular focus on the relationships between parents and children (generations) and between partners (gender).

EVS European Values Study
EVS is a survey on the values held by Europeans. It provides an insight into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values and opinions of citizens across Europe. It is a unique research project on what Europeans think about life, family, work, religion, politics and society.

EWCS European Working Conditions Survey
Since it was first conducted in 1990, the EWCS has provided regular insights into working conditions in Europe.

EU-LFS Labour Force Survey
This survey provides quarterly results on labour participation of people aged 15 and over, as well as on people outside the labour force.

EU-SILC Survey on Income and Living Conditions
The EU SILC is an instrument for collecting timely and comparable cross-sectional and longitudinal multidimensional microdata on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions in Europe.

International Data
The ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) is Michigan-based archive centre which maintains more than 500,000 files on research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialised collections on education, ageing, justice, terrorism, etc.
Through a fully financed national subscription with ICPSR, researchers can gain access to all ICPSR data from their laboratories. As the PUDL is the ICPSR's local representative, it can provide guidance in the use of such data.

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) provides data on a wide range of topics and countries in the form of downloadable databases or personalised tables.