Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey
An omnibus survey is a sample survey
which contains questions about a wide range of issues.
The Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey is
carried out on a regular basis and is designed to provide a snapshot of
the lifestyle and views of the people of Northern Ireland. By
providing instant information about all the sections of the population,
the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey will enable government and others
to identify community views and quickly make the decisions which are
necessary for the needs and wishes of the community to be met.
The Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey
presents an excellent opportunity for each person interviewed to put
their point of view and hence make a direct and immediate contribution
to Government policy and thinking.
Some uses of the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey
This survey of topical issues allows
Government to monitor the views of a representative sample of the
people of Northern Ireland. By seeing what people want,
Government can then shape policy to accommodate the needs and wishes of
The content of the survey varies from
quarter to quarter. Some sections will appear every quarter, for
example sections on household structure, housing and employment.
These regular sections will provide up to date information which will
help to identify the needs and characteristics of particular groups in
society such as one parent families, the unemployed and the elderly.
Other special sections will appear in
the survey only occasionally, depending on what issues are topical at
the time. For example, questions on road safety, disability and
child immunisation. The information from these sections go
directly to the Government bodies responsible for these areas.
Customers can receive statistical
output and databases or both. Statistical output consists of tables
showing the results by certain variables asked for by the client. These
include age, gender, religion, socio-economic group, area (ie.Belfast,
East of the Province, West of the Province), Urban/Rural area. Client
may then wish to publish the results themselves.