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Datasets for Good

Datasets for Good

Discover open datasets that can be used in your development and public interest technology research.

Resource Summary

Are you a student or researcher working on data-driven public interest technology?

Find open datasets that you can use in your development and research.

The Justice Gap legal needs report

Legal Services Corporation, the congressionally funded group, commissioned a 2017 study into the most common civil legal needs of people in the U.S.

Data on Justice Innovation and Legal Aid Work

Legal aid grantee work, pro bono, and tech from Legal Services Corporation, on its Tableau Public workbooks of data visualizations

U.S. Census Poverty Datasets

2017 U.S. Census data on Income and Poverty in the United States

Poverty Data Tools

Opportunity Insights Data Library

This data collection has publicly available data about social mobility, exposure to innovation, life expectancy, income, and other factors related to poverty and opportunity.

Measures for Justice criminal justice system datasets

U.S. Department of Justice data inventory, with many public datasets 

Bureau of Justice Statistics data on prisons, jails, law enforcement, parole, crime victims, state criminal courts, and other points of data

Civil Justice Survey of State Courts

From the Bureau of Justice Statistics, last data available (2005)

The supplemental survey of Civil Appeals

See an alternative listing at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, which also includes the publications that have referenced the Civil Justice Survey

Maryland Judiciary case data

Scraped by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Gapminder Data Library

Supreme Court Database at Washington University in St. Louis, with information about each case, such as the parties, the justices’ votes, and the legal provisions at issue. 

Eviction Data in the U.S.

Anti-Eviction Mapping + Data in Bay Area, California

Who Owns What in New York City, from the tech nonprofit JustFix

Consumer Complaint Database in the U.S., from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Credit card agreement database, from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Financial well-being survey data, from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Rule of Law Index

The World Justice Project constructs worldwide surveys about people’s legal needs and their ability to use the justice system.

Colombian Government Data on access to justice