ARK has four
main areas of work
Politics and Elections;
Research and Resources;
Dissemination and Training
surveys we aim to provide time-series attitudinal data across age groups
to inform policy development.
Ireland Life and Times Survey
The Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILT) is an annual survey
monitoring the attitudes of people in Northern Ireland to a wide range
of social and political issues. In this section you can look at the
questionnaires for each year’s survey and search across all the
Life and Times Survey
The Young Life and Times Survey is the sister survey to NILT but is
designed to monitor attitudes among young people in Northern Ireland
to social and political issues.
Life and Times Survey
The Kids’ Life and Times Survey monitors attitudes among children
in P7 (10-11 year olds) to issues that affect them.
partnership with others we facilitate access to other independent and
Ireland Household Panel Survey
The Northern Ireland Household Panel Survey (NIHPS) is an extension
of the long-running British Household Panel Survey and is carried out
by the Central Survey Unit of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research
Agency (NISRA). From 2003 to 2010, ARK housed an analysis unit dedicated
to facilitating users in their analysis of the NIHPS data.
Surveys On-Line provides quick and easy access to a range of social
science datasets. Users can view tables of results and/or the questionnaire
without having to analyse the full dataset themselves.
Social Survey Programme
Each year over 44 countries participate in the International
Social Survey Programme (ISSP) in which the same module of questions
is asked cross-nationally. Northern Ireland has taken part in this exercise
since 1989 via the Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Survey (NISA) until
1996, and then more infrequently via the Northern Ireland Life and Times
Survey (NILT). This section of the website contains tables of results
from a range of British, Irish and Northern Irish surveys.
CONFLICT, POLITICS and ELECTIONS
access to a broad range of information on the Northern Ireland conflict
and politics in the region, including detailed results of elections. Through
its resources ARK aims to facilitate researchers and others in understanding
the underlying causes of conflict and to facilitate conflict transformation
and peace-building locally and internationally.
The Northern Ireland Elections section includes
information about elections in Northern Ireland since 1885 and detailed
breakdowns of election results.
One of the most extensive
sections of ARK the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN)
is an encyclopaedic resource on ‘the Troubles’ in Northern
Victims, Survivors and Commemoration
This CAIN specialist section ‘was launched in June 2009 and It
contains an extensive on-line digital Archive of source materials and
information on the topics of victims, survivors and commemoration in
Qualitative Archive on the Conflict
holds information on qualitative material covering the 35 year span
of 'the Troubles' in NI (content, availability, recording format etc.)
and presents it in a searchable catalogue.
POLICY RESEARCH and RESOURCES
ARK aims to support
policy development and debate in Northern Ireland through providing information
and critical analysis.
- ARK's Policy
Unit has built on its close connections to the voluntary sector
and initiated links with policy makers within the Northern Ireland Assembly
and Government departments. It has worked to develop a facility for
a more critical appraisal of policy which is based on knowledge and
evidence, and which encourages public engagement with Social Policy.
- The ARK
Ageing Programme supports engagement
between the age and academic sectors. We do this by encouraging
and facilitating the production of research that will support lobbying
and advocacy, and the sophisticated use of information and evidence
by the age sector.
it Out: Looking behind social statistics in Northern Ireland’
by Ann Marie Gray and Goretti Horgan reveals what social statistics
can tell us about social policy in Northern Ireland. Two editions have been published - the first in 2009, and the most recent in 2015. Each edition, produced
with the assistance of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research
Agency, contains statistics accompanied by a lay friendly commentary
on transport, the environment, health and social care, education, employment
and culture, arts and sport which highlights significant trends and
identifies priority issues for social policy.
Briefs explore key policy issues facing Northern Ireland and
draw on published research evidence and the discussions at the associated
Roundtables engage policy makers, practitioners and academics
in a Chatam House Rule roundtable discussion on key issues facing Northern
- Through its Consultancy,
ARK engages in policy relevant secondary analysis
is a collection of searchable databases containing bibliographies and
summaries of research. There are currently two databases
DISSEMINATION and TRAINING
ARK aims to build
research capacity across all sectors and to facilitate debate.
- The ARK
Seminar Series, established in 2001, provides a forum for social
and political research on Northern Ireland to be presented in a lay-friendly
format and the series attracts people from a wide variety of backgrounds
including academia, policy making, the third sector and the general
public. Seminars are now recorded and made available on-line.
- ARK works in partnership
with specialist providers to provide a wide range of introductory and
more advanced research and analysis teaching resources and training courses.
- Through its pro-bono
work ARK facilitates capacity building in the voluntary and
in Schools provides suitable Northern Ireland-specific
educational materials for schools, organisations working with young
people and for young people themselves.
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