Free download! Nine health data sets

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In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama announced a “moon shot” project to find a cure for cancer. A recent Marketplace story explained that a big focus of this project is to make more data available to researchers.

You’re probably not a cancer researcher, but many public and social sector organizations focus on health and could use more data for market research. Here are several sources for free medical data to help you in your projects:

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Free download! Government data sets

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For core marketing activities such as design, pricing, promotion and distribution, data helps. Data tells you what do make, for whom, how much to charge, and where your audience can be found.

But data can be expensive to buy and even more expensive, in both time and money, to generate on your own. As a social and public sector marketer, you likely don’t have that time and money, or maybe even the tools and skills for generating data sets.

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State government using data to improve infant mortality

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Marketers are big consumers, and lovers, of IT and data, crunching numbers to find new trends, new markets, and new ways to serve their customers. Government program designers should be no different. One recent case in point is the state of Indiana and infant mortality.

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Free tools! Data visualization with Qlik Sense

Public-sector marketers often work with mountains of data, large expectations, and thin budgets. How to make sense of all that data without hiring expert researchers, buying expensive software, or burning hours trying to make Microsoft Excel answer what seems like a simple question?

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UN uses social media market research to improve development, crisis response

Even an organization as governmental and bureaucratic as the United Nations can think and act like a marketer.Through Global Pulse, the UN  is combining social media and big data to improve international development and crisis response.

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Free download! Publicly available market research data from Statista.com

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Combing the Internet for high-quality, publicly available market research data that is free or affordable can eat a huge amount of time. I recently found to Statista through my day job and immediately recognized a good thing for public-sector marketers.

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Distribution as a product to combat poverty: JITA

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Distribution is most often considered something that a business does with its product. But distribution itself can be the product, as well. In remote, impoverished areas, distribution can also be a solution to poverty, illness, and other problems.

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Brand strength survey: indexing scores

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In conducting your brand strength survey, you’ll reach a point where you have row upon row and column upon column of data. You’ll make tables from subsets of your data to highlight, say, the relationship between education levels of survey respondents and their perception of your brand. But how do you spot the meaningful relationships among all the numbers?

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Brand strength survey: analyzing perceptions

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In previous posts I explained how to build a brand strength survey using audience questions and perception questions, and how to then distribute your survey using Survey Monkey. After you conduct your survey, you’ll have both audience and perception responses. With this data set, you can ask a wide array of questions about the audience that you surveyed.

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