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Issue No: 1 - Jan/2016


Welcome to our first newsletter of 2016. ARK was established in 2000 to open up access to social and political information on Northern Ireland.

An analysis of our web statistics for 2015 reveal that our resources attracted 4.8 million page views from 1.3 million visits and averaged 58,000 distinct visitors per month.

We are pleased to see the ongoing interest and trust 2016 will be another productive year where we work with many of you to add to the evidence base that informs this region going forward.


Expressions of interest invited for our 2016 surveys of young people.

ARK is now inviting Expressions of interest for the 2016 survey of 16 year olds (Young Life and Times) and the 2016 survey of 10/11 year olds (Kids' Life and Times). Fieldwork for both surveys will take place in the autumn of 2016. If you would like to discuss how to fund or commission some questions, please get in touch with a member of the ARK team. The costs for the inclusion of questions are normally calculated on a modular basis, however specifics can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
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CAIN developments

CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) has received a new award from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. This award will allow us to continue our work with the National Archives of Ireland records on CAIN . The plan is to select and digitise circa 750 Irish government records for the years 1981, 1982,1983, 1984 and 1985.

Previously secret records relating to 1986 will be available online from 28 January 2016 at the PRONI records on CAIN web site. Over 230 documents have been added to the CAIN website as part of ongoing work between Ulster University and the Public Record Office (PRONI). This material provides an insight into developments following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA) on 15 November 1985.

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Figuring it Out: Looking behind the Social Statistics in Northern Ireland

Figuring it out by Ann Marie Gray, Goretti Horgan and Amanda Leighton reveals what social statistics can tell us about social policy in Northern Ireland. The book, produced with the assistance of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, is the outcome of an ARK project which aims to inform and promote debate on social policy issues. The statistics are 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.

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Telecare solutions for older people and carers by Alexandra Chapman and Sue Yeandle. This Policy Brief is based on the event Advances in telecare: new solutions for carers and older people, which was held on 9 June 2015.

Evaluating arts-based programmes for people with dementia, and their impact on wellbeing, by Paula Devine and Katrina Lloyd (November 2015). This Discussion Paper highlights key issues and case studies related to evaluating the outcomes of an arts-based intervention or programme for people with dementia, with a particular focus on participants' wellbeing.

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2015 Survey fieldwork completed - Thank you!

The 2015 fieldwork for our three attitudinal surveys -the 2015 NILT, YLT and KLT surveys is now complete. Thank you to the over 7000 people who participated including the 16-year olds and P7 children and their schools. All the Survey results will be available in Spring 2016.
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