Statistics and research

Statistics and research that help guide the Department on policy, planning and decision making


COVID-19 management information statistics

Management information surrounding key benefit areas impacted by COVID-19, namely Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Discretionary Support.

Housing statistics

Quarterly and annual compendium publications of housing statistics, biannual homelessness statistics and the ongoing review of data included in these publications and their proposed changes.

Sport, museums and libraries statistics

Statistical publications on participation in sport, attendance at museums and science centres and use of the public libraries service in Northern Ireland by adults and young people.

Culture and heritage statistics

Statistics on engagement with the arts, the historic environment, knowledge and use of Irish and Ulster-Scots and participation in Irish and Ulster-Scots culture and heritage.

Voluntary and community statistics

Statistics on the experience of volunteering in Northern Ireland.

PRONI statistics

Statistics on the use of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).

Employment programme statistics

Statistical publications on the Department’s Employment Programmes. The publications contain analysis on programme participation, key personal characteristics of participants and numbers moving into employment. 

Employment vacancy statistics

The Department for Communities provides statistics on vacancies that have been notified to Jobs & Benefits offices (JBO) of the Department for Communities. The statistics do not represent the total unsatisfied demand for staff by employers within Northern Ireland, but are only those vacant positions notified by employers to the Department. Statistical publications are provided in the pages below.

Family resources survey

The Family Resources Survey collects detailed information on the incomes and circumstances of private households from April to March each year. The survey has been carried out in Great Britain since 1992, but in 2002-03 it was introduced to Northern Ireland for the first time. 

Customer insight

Publications include results of the Department's questions which have featured in the Northern Ireland Omnibus household survey since September 2012. Other research has monitored claimant satisfaction levels and evaluated claimant views on services provided by the Department. 

Welfare changes briefing and evaluation framework

This area contains analysis and research which details the potential impact to the Northern Ireland population and provides an evidence base for Welfare Changes.

Urban regeneration statistics and research

Analysis across the policy areas in the Department relating to Urban Regeneration.

Child Maintenance Service statistics

Quarterly statistics on the Child Maintenance Service Northern Ireland

Research digest

A significant amount of research is published outside of the Department on issues which may be of interest to policy makers. The Departmental Research Digest will compile relevant research reports from across a range of social policy sources and areas of interest.

Other DfC research

This section contains a series of research papers and research reports on various topics by Professional Services Unit.

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Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Communities including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme. You may also request your own personal information, via a Right of Access Request.

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