Spring 2015 Edition



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Welcome to the Spring edition of NILS News

Welcome to the latest issue of NILS News which keeps you up-to-date on the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS), and the related Northern Ireland Mortality Study (NIMS), including latest news, events and publications.

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1991 Census Link Apply now

As announced in the winter 2014 edition the 1991 Census link was released in September 2014 and the 1991 NIMS was released ahead of schedule in November 2014. We are now please to announce that the first NILS project incorporating the 1991 Census link (Project 091) and the first 1991 NIMS project (Project 092) have both been approved by the Research Approvals Group (RAG).

Project 091, Do Economic, Social and Health Outcomes Differ Between People Who Remain in Rural Areas and Those Who Leave? (Dr Ian Shuttleworth and Aidan Campbell), is concerned with the impact of residential (im)mobility on the later health, labour market and educational outcomes of rural residents in 1991 and 2001. In particular, an answer is sought to the question of whether moves from remote rural areas to urban areas lead to more favourable outcomes in comparison with those who live continuously in rural areas. The project will look at all the population to generate a general picture but there will be a special focus on those aged 16-25 and those aged 50+ (in 1991 and 2001) to understand their situation ten years later (for the 2001 population) and ten and twenty years later (for the 1991 population) by looking at the 2011 NILS population.

The NILS now has over 20 years of linkage covering three Census dates. For further information please see our 1991 NILS Data Overview Fact Sheet and for information on how to start your research project using this rich data source please contact the NILS-RSU or visit our web-site.



Recent NILS Publications and Policy Impact


A number of NILS researchers presented their research findings at the Northern Ireland Assembly Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) on 4th February 2015. Check out two of these presentations below and explore other NILS publications to see the range of potential research areas available using the NILS/NIMS.

         Doebler, S. (2015) 'The Health and Mental Health of Informal Caregivers in Rural and Urban Northern Ireland'  [Project 082]

         Maguire, A., McCann, M., Moriarty, J. and O'Reilly, D. (2015) 'Using administrative data to understand mental health in Northern Ireland: Results from two exemplar projects' -  [Projects 046 & 061]

         McCann, M., O'Reilly, D. (2015) 'Admission to care homes for older people' - Research Brief and presentation [Project 007]

For more outputs visit the NILS website.

Research Briefs - There are a range of research briefs online giving an overview of individual projects and some significant findings from the research. These briefs may be helpful when generating project ideas and also to get an idea of the possible policy implications of the research.


NILS Fact Sheets

In our summer newsletter we introduced the new NILS Fact Sheets which have been well received by NILS-Users as a useful resource. Fact Sheets are published on a fortnightly basis and can be found in the Research Ideas section of our website. The Fact Sheets highlight the potential uses for NILS in policy and Government research work. This section of the website will be expanded over time to respond to project ideas and policy specific research. We hope this will help stimulate some new projects ideas and possibly some collaborative approaches. Recently published fact sheets include:

         Household Size


         NILS Data Overview Fact Sheets (see below)

Please feel free to spread the word about our Fact Sheets to other colleagues or departments that you feel may have an interest.


NILS Approved Researcher Status

From 1st July 2014 it has been a mandatory requirement for all researchers to attain Approved Researcher status by completing the Application for Accreditation as an Approved Researcher form and undertaking a Safe Researcher Training course. All researchers who wish to access data within the safe-setting are also required to have Baseline Personal Security Standard (BPSS) clearance. To be granted BPSS researchers will need to submit valid identification documents and complete an Access NI form.

Please contact the NILS-RSU for further details.


Data Releases

Currently the data includes Health Download data until October 2014, GRO Births and Deaths until end 2013 and an updated NIMS11 database with Death data to end 2013 linked to 2011 Census data.

The next planned data release is:

  • Spring 2015: 1981 NILS
  • June 2015: to include Health Download data until April 2015 and any updated Census variables.


Next NILS RAG Dates

The NILS Research Approvals Group (NILS RAG) meets every two months to consider applications for approval. A schedule has been released for NILS RAG meetings for the coming months. It should be noted that new applications must be submitted to the NILS-RSU by 5pm TEN WORKING DAYS prior to the RAG meeting for consideration.

RAG Application Deadline





More information on developing potential projects can be found in the Access section of the NILS-RSU website. For more details contact the NILS-RSU.


Policy Impact Questionnaire

Are you involved with a current project or have you recently completed research on a project? If so we would like to remind you about our Policy Impact Questionnaire.

Your response would be greatly appreciated as it will help us to collect regular and up-to-date information on the public policy impact of all NILS and NIMS research. This will enable the array of public policy relevant research that has been completed to be demonstrated and help justify the current and future funding of the NILS and NIMS research.


Dates For Your Diary

The next Safe researcher training session will take place in McAuley House on 20th April 2015 at 2pm. Safe researcher training is provided by RSU on a monthly basis.

Keep an eye on the NILS-RSU website and twitter account for more upcoming training dates.

Safe Researcher Training Dates

20th April 2015 @ 2pm

14th May 2015 @ 2pm

23rd June 2015 @ 2pm

Please contact NILS-RSU to book your place on Safe researcher training.

NILS-RSU will be closed over the Easter period from Friday 3rd April 2015 at 12pm and will reopen again as usual on Wednesday 8th April 2015.

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