Public data set highlights: Women's empowerment and family planning

Saturday, April 29, 2017

This week's Data is Plural features two datasets of public health interest: one on women's empowerment metrics from India's National Family Health Survey and one on metrics related to family growth and family planning in the US.
Women’s empowerment in India. For each of India’s 36 states and Union Territories, the country’s latest National Family Health Survey includes 114 metrics, such as the percentages of “households using iodized salt” and “men who have comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS.” Unfortunately, the government publishes the reports only as PDFs. But the Hindustan Times has extracted the data for the survey’s eight “women’s empowerment and gender based violence” metrics, including the percentages of “ever-married women who have ever experienced spousal violence” and “women having a bank or savings account that they themselves use.” They’ve published that data as a spreadsheet and used it to construct an interactive Women Empowerment Index. [h/t Gurman Bhatia]

Marriage and divorce, pregnancy and infertility in the U.S. The CDC has been running its National Survey of Family Growth since 1973. For the first three decades, it surveyed only women ages 15-44. Starting in 2002, it began also surveying men. The latest surveywas conducted in 2013-15, when it collected data from 10,205 residents about sexual activity and contraception, pregnancy and infertility, marriage and divorce, adoption, parenting, and more. [h/t Allen B. Downey]

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