Research Data Sources

An (incomplete) list of data sources may be found below. If you would like to suggest data sources to add to our list, please contact us at or though the Maryland Center for Economics and Policy.

Federal Government Data Sources

Federal Agency Dataset Name Description
Centers for Disease Control – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH Surveillance Data Workplace related disease and safety surveillance data, explorable by industry. For example, data on occupational hearing loss, occupational injuries, and fire fighter safety.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare Hospital level quality and other data, including data on patient outcomes, data from patient surveys, and  hospital spending and payment data.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare Nursing Home level quality and other data, including data on staffing levels, data drawn from health and fire safety inspections, and data drawn from patient surveys.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Physician Compare Directory of physicians, physicians’ groups, and other individual level providers. Some quality measures are included at the provider group level.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Home Health Compare Home Health Agency level data, including quality data, data drawn from patient surveys, and other information.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Dialysis Facility Compare Dialysis Facility level quality data.
Department of Labor Department of Labor Developer Portal Application Programming Interface (API) for Department of Labor data from across several agencies, including data concerning mine safety, occupational safety, wages and benefits, oil spills, veterans’ employment, auto workers, and other data.
Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration EBSA Enforcement Data Data on closed cases resulting in penalty assessments by the EBSA.
Department of Labor – Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA Enforcement Data Data on mines, mine operations, inspections, violations, and accidents.
Department of Labor – Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program OFCCP Compliance Evaluation and Complaint Investigation Data Compliance evaluations and complaint investigations for federal contractors.
Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division Wage and Hour Compliance Action Data Firm level data on violations found enforcement actions taken, including information on the quantity of back wages owed and the number of employees owed back wages, among other data.
Department of Transportation Hazmat Incident Database Individual Hazmat incident reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Envirofacts Environmental monitoring data at the facility level and at various geographic levels. Includes data on pollution and emissions levels, water discharge permits, brownfields-cleanups, and other topics.
Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) Facility and community level data on EPA enforcement actions, penalties levied, criminal and civil cases pursued, inspection histories, emissions, and other topics.
Food and Drug Administration Inspection Classification Database Firm inspection level data classified by each firm’s compliance status, including some information on actions taken against the firm.
Food and Drug Administration Import Refusal Report Product level data for items the FDA refused to allow to be imported to the United States, including the reasons for the refusal and the product’s manufacturer.
Food and Drug Administration Clinical Investigator Inspector List (CLIIL) Clinical investigator inspection level data, including data on enforcement actions taken and the nature of violations observed. Example violations include failure to obtain adequate informed consent and other unethical research practices.
Food and Drug Administration OpenFDA – Drugs Adverse drug event reports, drug recall enforcement reports, and drug labeling information.
Food and Drug Administration OpenFDA – Devices Device adverse events and device recall enforcement reports.
Food and Drug Administration OpenFDA – Foods Food recall enforcement reports, including severity of the health hazard posed and whether or not the recall was voluntary or mandatory.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission NRC High-Value Datasets Nuclear facility level data including enforcement actions taken, fire events, fire inspection data, and other information.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA Enforcement Data Facility level data drawn from inspections, including citations given and penalties assessed. Accident investigation information is also provided, including information on the nature of the accident and on injuries and fatalities resulting from it.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA Data and Stats Establishment specific injury, illness, and chemical exposure data. Information from facility level inspections and accident investigations are available here, as well as information on frequently cited OSHA standards.
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Care Information System Individual and organizational level data drawn from animal welfare inspections.
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Meat, Poultry, and Egg Inspection Directory by Establishment Name Directory of establishments with a USDA FSIS inspector and basic information on that establishment.
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Food Recall Case Archive Food recall enforcement reports, including date of recall and quantity of food recalled.
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service FSIS Data Roundup Data on recalls, data from inspections in the meat, poultry, and egg industries, data concerning imports and exports, and data on other topics collected by FSIS.


Other Data Sources, a database of CMS hospital inspection reports maintained by the Association of Health Care Journalists., a database of retail food service inspections for 87 jurisdictions spanning 34 states.

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