The aim of ORB is to provide summary information on key topics of
interest in the Social Policy field in Northern Ireland. ORB concentrates
on material that is research based, carried out by government, the
voluntary sector or academia and focused on Northern Ireland.
The material on ORB is based on quantitative and/or qualitative research
using both primary and secondary data sources. The main focus is on
research carried out since 1990 although some key studies carried
out before 1990 are also included.
The bibliography provides the name(s) of the author(s), the year of
publication, the document type, the title of the work and the publisher.
The summaries provide information on the background to the research,
the research approach and the main findings. The summaries are short
and designed as a first step for the reader rather than a comprehensive
account of the work. The task of compiling more summaries is currently
being undertaken and these will be included as they are completed.
If a summary document exists elsewhere online, ORB provides a direct
link to it.
The material on ORB is regularly updated with new bibliographic entries
is part of the ARK resource – dedicated to making
social and political information on Northern Ireland available to
all. The ARK website holds information on a wide range of social
and political topics. Go to the ARK
homepage, and search across
all the ARK materials or go directly to one of the specialist sections.
ORB welcomes contributions of material which covers aspects of social
policy in Northern Ireland. Anyone who has published, or who is about
to publish material, may wish to allow a summary of the work to be
included on the ORB site.The work should be:
or qualitative research in Social Policy.
*Have a focus on Northern Ireland (although this could
be part of a wider project).
*Based on primary or secondary data analysis.
*Based on research carried out by government, academia or
the voluntary sector.
*Based on research that has been carried out since 1990.
summary can be an Executive Summary or one written specifically
for the ORB site by the author(s). Alternatively, a member of the
ORB team can write a summary of the work. If the work is available
elsewhere online, ORB will provide a direct link to it.
If you have material you would like to contribute or information
on publications that you think could be included on the ORB site,
please contact Paula Devine.
April 2012 to March 2014, ORB was funded by the Nuffield
Foundation. Plese note, that since 2014, the ORB Social Policy Database has only been partially updated.