Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey - Datasets
Download the datasets
The raw data for each survey year is available in SPSS and STATA v14 format, so that users can run their own analysis. Excel files for 1998 to 2016 are available at The Detail Data Portal.
The NILT data must be weighted (unless using household variables). For full details, please see the technical notes.SPSS files:
- From 1998 to 2017, the SPSS files are SPSS portable files, and should be compatible with any version of SPSS running under any operating system (for example,Windows or MAC).
- From 2018 onwards, the files are SPSS .sav format, which should be compatible with earlier versions of SPSS. Some of these files are compressed and saved in zip format. After downloading the file, you will need to unzip it.
A series of teaching datasets have been developed, designed to be used on courses teaching quantitative statistical analysis in the social sciences.
All work that uses or refers to the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey should acknowledge it using the appropriate bibliographic citation. To view the citation for each year, please click on the word 'citation' below.
*** The datasets for 2006 exclude TRAVCOLL, TRAVRES, TRAVREL, EECOLL, EERES, EEREL, MEGCOLLA, MEGRESA, MEGRELA, MUSCOLL2, MUSRES2, MUSREL2 due to data irregularities.
** The data files for 2000 exclude the Social Capital section of the Community Relations module, and the Welfare Reform module. If you would like to use this data, please contact us
* The data files for 1999 exclude the Pensions and Pensioners module. If you would like to use this data, please contact us