IDEA: About

About The Site

International Data & Economic analysis (IDEA) was created to allow USAID staff and partners to access and use country-level data from different third-party sources simultaneously. The USAID Economic Analysis and Data Services (EADS) team retrieves data from their original sources, cleans them and brings them into a common database and format to facilitate their use. IDEA has over 10,000 data series from over 100 sources.

In addition, IDEA offers various tools to facilitate identification and analysis of the data. Online tools include the IDEA Query and the Country Dashboard, and other tools are being continuously developed and added.

Tip: Use the query's various filters to simplify your search. Filters appear as you make your selections on the query tool, such as filters for region, income group, source, subsector and data library (e.g. Global Health). If you need help with selecting your indicator, check our Source and Indicator Guide.

The IDEA Query

The IDEA Query houses all 10,000 data series from over 100 sources. Users can download the data into an Excel file or use the Tableau Web Data Connector to download data from the query directly into Tableau to build visualizations.

IDEA is regularly updated with the most recently available source data. Examples of source data on IDEA include: Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), STATcompiler; UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Food Price Index; International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook; and World Bank, World Development Indicators. Please view the sources list in order to view the catalog of available sources on IDEA. We are constantly revising the list of sources on IDEA. If you have a suggested source to add, please contact us.

Tip: Use the Country Dashboard to assess the performance of your country of interest relative to others. After selecting a country, select "view sector details" for a larger selection of data, and click on the plus sign next to the indicators to see the performance of your country compared to others over time.

The Country Dashboard

The Country Dashboard summarizes country-level data across eight sectors and compares data for a selected country to its region, income group, or to the world average. The indicators and sectors on the Country Dashboard were chosen in collaboration with USAID sectoral experts.

Analytical Products

Tip: Do you work in a USAID mission? Use the tools on IDEA to gain context for your country that will help you monitor country progress and assess potential future projects.

IDEA also hosts analytical products written and designed by the EADS team of economists and data specialists, such as Snapshots, Country Profiles, and Analytical Briefs. Analytical Briefs can be requested by USAID staff on specific sectors or region. Please contact us for more information.

The USAID EADS team is constantly working to build new online tools and improve site guidance to help users access and make the best use of the data available on the site. For questions or suggestions, please contact us. You can also contact our team if you need help with data selection, interpretation, analysis or visualization.


Open Data License

USAID provides data on the USAID International Data and Economic Analysis website (“this website”) to the public to further USAID's values of transparency, participation, and collaboration in tangible ways that benefit the American people. The data on this site is either third party publicly available data or provided with either a Partner License or a Government Work License.

USAID asks that the "USAID International Data and Economic Analysis Website” be cited as the source of the data used from this website.

USAID is providing this information as a public service and makes every effort to provide accurate and complete information. USAID does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any third party data. USAID expressly disclaims liability arising from use, reference to, or reliance on any data contained on this website. USAID makes no representations and grants no warranties, express or implied, and USAID specifically disclaims any other warranties, including any warranty of quality, merchantability, or fitness for a particular use or purpose. USAID will make every effort to keep this site current and to correct errors brought to our attention. Errors and data requests are best reported via USAID's Economic Analysis and Data Services team at EADS@usaid.gov.

About Economic Analysis and Data Services

IDEA is maintained by USAID Economic Analysis and Data Services (EADS), an activity supported by the Knowledge Management Division in the Bureau for Management's Chief Information Office (USAID/M/CIO/KM). EADS is a central source for foreign assistance and international socioeconomic data and supports services to facilitate USAID's understanding, access, and quantitative analysis of development data and information. EADS is also responsible for producing congressionally mandated reports on foreign assistance. To achieve the dual tasks of economic analysis and data services, EADS is responsible for managing four major databases and websites: IDEA, Trade Capacity Building (TCB)Microenterprise Results Reporting (MRR), and Foreign Aid Explorer (FAE).

Contact Us

For questions please contact USAID EADS at eads@usaid.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I use IDEA rather than go straight to the original data sources?

    IDEA adds value to the data produced by the original sources in three ways: first, instead of going to multiple data sources, IDEA allows you to access over 100 sources all in one place in an easily searchable query. Second, all of IDEA's data are pulled from their original sources, cleaned and put into the same unified format, making IDEA's data easy to use across sources and in most programs such as Excel or Tableau. Finally, IDEA is continuously adding analytical and visualization tools to assist you in analyzing and reporting your data.

  • What sources are available on IDEA?

    There are approximately 100 sources available on IDEA such as the World Bank World Development Indicators, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) World Economic Outlook, Demographic Health Surveys (DHS) STATcompiler, and many more. Sources are included based on factors such as their coverage, availability, and often demand from USAID. If you work for USAID and would like us to add a source to IDEA, email us at eads@usaid.gov. We will work with you to see if the source can be added to IDEA.

  • Are IDEA's data up to date?

    The Economic Analysis and Data Services (EADS) team of economists and data scientists constantly monitors new data releases and updates the data on IDEA as new sources are available.

  • Are IDEA's data reliable?

    IDEA's data are managed by a team of experienced economists and data scientists. Data are retrieved from their original sources, cleaned, formatted and uploaded to our database following strict procedures that are verified by second and third data analysts to ensure quality and minimize human error in data manipulation. We have often found errors in data published by third parties and alerted them of these errors.

  • What are the criteria for including sources on IDEA?

    The EADS team evaluates sources according to common data quality standards. We include sources that, among other things, have high coverage of developing countries, are consistently and predictably updated, and are frequently cited by the development community. We also consult with USAID sectoral experts in order to ensure the data on IDEA is representative of what USAID bureaus and offices use.

  • Can I request that new sources be added?

    Yes, if you are USAID staff, please contact us. When requested, we include new sources to the extent possible.

  • How were sources and indicators chosen for the Country Dashboard?

    The EADS team met with USAID sectoral experts across the Agency in order to develop a comprehensive and accurate list of recommended indicators for the Country Dashboard. The Country Dashboard was designed to be a flexible tool, so if you work for USAID and would like to see a source or indicator added, please email us at eads@usaid.gov.

  • Do you have subnational data?

    No, the IDEA website only features national level data. However, our team can support USAID staff with analysis of subnational data on a case by case basis.

  • If the source updated data from previous years, does IDEA revise those years as well?

    Yes, the EADS team updates our database to reflect official revisions to the data, while archiving previous versions. Contact us if you would like access to previous versions of the data.

  • I find too many indicators when I search the data query, how can I narrow down my search?

    If you have trouble searching through the over 10,000 data series on IDEA, you might want to use the filter tools that are available on the query. You can filter by a specific source, such as the World Bank's World Development Indicators, or by a specific subsector such as Literacy or Nutrition. These filters can be found on the "What" tab of the query. If you need help in choosing a source and indicator, consider using those shown in the Country Dashboard. These sources and indicators were selected with input from USAID specialists and are often commonly used indicators by USAID staff. A filter for the Country Dashboard database is also included in the "What" tab of the query. If you need additional assistance, you can refer to the Source and Indicator Guide or email us at eads@usaid.gov.

  • If I know my source or publisher, can I narrow my search?

    Yes, if you know what source you would like to use, you can use the filter on the bottom left of your query on the "What" tab to filter the data by source.

  • What is a Data Library?

    The "What" tab of the IDEA query has three data libraries: IDEA, Country Dashboard, and Global Health. The default library, IDEA, includes all 10,000 indicators from 100 sources. You can select Country Dashboard to view only the data used in the Country Dashboard. The Global Health library is a curated collection of Global Health sources selected by USAID's Bureau for Global Health.

  • What is a Source and Indicator Guide and how do I use it?

    To help users determine which source or indicator they would like to use for a specific concept, we have built a Source and Indicator Guide. The guide summarizes differences and similarities in data definitions, availability and methodology among sources and indicators, and provides suggestions of what you may want to consider in choosing a source and indicator. The guide currently includes guidance for Economic Growth and Population sources and indicators. It will soon be expanded to include new concepts.

  • How do you decide what topics to write about under Analytical Products?

    Most of our Analytical Products are based on requests from USAID staff. Our snapshots are often written to call USAID's staff attention to a new data release from a specific source and assist USAID staff in understanding the data. If you work for USAID and you would like us to produce a Snapshot, Analytical Brief, or other type of report, please email us at eads@usaid.gov. One of the EADS economists can work with you to produce a specialized report on a topic or region of interest.

Source List

Recently Updated

Below is a list of all publications and data currently used by the Economic Analysis and Data Services. Most data are available on this site. Data not available on-line may be obtained by contacting Economic Analysis and Data Services (EADS).

Contact Us

For questions please contact USAID's International Data & Economic Analysis at eads@usaid.gov.


You might be able to find the information you need right now by checking;

  • About the Website gives more information about the International Data & Economic Analysis and Economic Analysis and Data Services.
  • Analytical Products groups files into four sections, snapshots, country profiles, economic trend reports and analytical briefs.
  • Source List documents sources used on this project and can provide useful information like when the source was last updated.