Statistics and Research Branch provides support to policy areas within the Executive Office, previously OFMDFM. Services provided by the Branch include survey and consultation methods and design, strategic indicator/target/outcome development, policy & strategy review and analysis, provision of evidence base for policy development, monitoring & evaluation as well as general statistical and research advice.

About us

The Branch also manages a number of external policy relevant research projects under a £5.5million research programme. The role of the Branch is to ensure robust, sound methodology is employed and that researchers produce output which has policy relevance and can assist policy formulation.

We provide support to policy colleagues across Poverty and Child Poverty, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Disability and Older People, Community Relations, Together: Building a United Community, Victims and Survivors, Racial Equality, Children & Young People and Childcare policy areas. We also provide support on Programme for Government, Delivering Social Change, the Social Investment Fund and Historical Institutional Abuse.

In addition to research/statistics and policy support, the team annually produces one National Statistics publication and five official statistics publications. These are the:

  • Labour Force Survey Religion report
  • Lifetime Opportunities Monitoring Framework update report
  • A Profile of Older People in Northern Ireland
  • Gender Equality Strategy Statistics
  • Good Relations Indicators
  • Children and Young People’s Strategic Indicators


You can access our research and statistics publications via the link below:

Latest publications

The latest research and statistical publications published are listed below:

Labour Force Survey Religion reports

National Statistics – Protocol and Compliance

Statistics & Research Branch contacts

Mrs Janis Scallon - Principal Statistician
Telephone: 028 9052 0080
Mr Michael Thompson - Deputy Principal Statistician
Telephone: 028 9052 2411
Mr Matthew McFarland– Assistant Statistician
Telephone: 028 9052 8200
Mrs Donna Hollywood - Assistant Statistician
Telephone: 028 9052 3244
Mr Paul Flynn - Assistant Statistician
Telephone: 028 9052 2091
Mrs Carol Murphy – Assistant Statistician
Telephone: 028 9052 3289
Generic email address:

In writing to:

Room E4.03
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast BT4 3SR

Consultation on the withdrawal of statistical compendia publications

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