Introducing the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS): Structure and 2011 Link
Shuttleworth, I. (2013) BSPS Annual Conference 2013, University of Swansea, UK, 9 - 11 September 2013 [NILS]
Other information: Poster presentation.
The Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) is a powerful resource for social, demographic and health research. It is a 28% sample of the Northern Ireland population (selected from 104 out of 365 birthdates) drawn from health cards and it links together Census and administrative data on births, deaths, marriages and migration events as well as information on housing (from the Land and Property Services). It has some 500,000 members. Special one-off links to other administrative data sources (with ethical approval and agreement of data custodians) can be made through the ￼Distinct Linkage Project (DLP) process.
The value of the NILS will shortly be increased by the linkage of data from the 2011 Census. This will be completed and ready for researchers by the end of 2013 and will allow economic, social and demographic transitions between 2001 and 2011 to be described and analysed. By the end of 2014 a similar link will have been made to the 1991 Census. This will allow transitions over the twenty-year period from 1991 to be analysed and will provide a valuable insight into the changing society of Northern Ireland through the paramilitary ceasefires and the establishment of devolved government.