AARP DataExplorerData to drive policy solutions for people 50-plus

Visualizing Data the Easy Way--AARP DataExplorer

In late 2015, the Public Policy Institute (PPI) launched AARP DataExplorer, its interactive data visualization tool for data on the 50+ population. AARP DataExplorer allows users to select indicators of their choice and easily customize the data (e.g., sorting by age, race/ethnicity, sex, state, income, health status, etc.) with a click of the mouse. A one-stop, accessible to all (i.e., no data programming skills required) website with data on issues relevant to the 50+ population, such as health, demographics, financial security, long-term services and supports, housing, and transportation. Users can create their own, customized visualizations. Then they can print, create PDFs, PowerPoint slides, and download the image or data to use in their own projects. AARP DataExplorer presents the most up-to-date data: each indicator is updated as soon as new data are available. AARP DataExplorer continues to add new indicators to meet users’ needs

The AARP DataExplorer site also features “storybooks”. Storybooks provide context for some of the data and help users understand the story behind the data.

AARP's Public Policy Institute is the focal point of public policy research, analysis and development at AARP. Founded in 1985, PPI publishes policy analysis on a range of topics throughout the year. PPI also informs and stimulates public debate on the issues we face as we age, frequently convening leading policy experts for discussion of key national and state policy issues.

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AARP DataExplorer: Your Source for Data on the 50-plus Population

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