Statistics and research

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

Benefits statistics

The Benefits Statistics Summary provides an up-to-date, concise overview of the main benefits administered by the Social Security Agency. It is designated as a National Statistic and is produced quarterly.

Housing statistics

Quarterly bulletin and annual compendium of housing statistics and the ongoing review of data including housing publications and the changes proposed.

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 Social Security Agency (SSA) 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 SSA. 

Other DSD research

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

Welfare changes briefing

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

Research Digest

A significant amount of research is published outside of DSD 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.

Urban regeneration and community development statistics and research

Analysis across numerous policy areas in the Urban Regeneration and Community Development Group (URCDG), and includes research into volunteering, liquor licensing and gambling prevalence.

Related to Statistics and research

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Social Development including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.