The Executive Office today published the ‘Our Population: Perceptions of the Outcomes Framework 2019/20' statistical bulletins.
Following the 2016 report ‘Our Population: What Matters Most?’, which aimed to explore the day-to-day issues that were most important to the people of Northern Ireland, a draft framework of 12 Outcomes was developed using the responses from this survey.
‘Our Population: Perceptions of the Outcomes Framework’ and the recent bulletins on ‘Our Young People’ seek to gather information on public perceptions around Northern Ireland’s current position in relation to each of the Outcomes in this draft framework. This information is complementary to the formal tracking of NI population indicators to help assess NI’s progress towards the Outcomes.
- Over 7 in 10 respondents (71%) agreed or strongly agreed with Outcomes 8 (We care for others and we help those in need) and 12 (We give our children and young people the best start in life), which were the highest rates of agreement. These Outcomes also had the highest agreement rates in 2018/19.
- Less than a third (32%) of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with Outcomes 1 (We have a strong, competitive, regionally balanced economy) and 2 (We look after our environment), giving them the lowest agreement rates. These Outcomes also had the lowest agreement rates in 2018/19.
- More disagreed with Outcome 2 than agreed (40% disagreed, compared with 32% who agreed). This was also the case with Outcome 1, although here the difference was smaller (3 percentage points).
- Outcome 11 (We connect people and opportunities through our infrastructure) had the highest proportion of neutral responses at 28%.
- Almost 9 in 10 respondents from other ethnic groups (87%) agreed with Outcome 12 (We give our children and young people the best start in life), making this the highest agreement rate across all population characteristics.
- The lowest agreement rate observed was in Outcome 1 (We have a strong, competitive, regionally balanced economy); less than 1 in 4 (23%) of those whose sexual identity was gay/lesbian/bisexual/other agreed with this statement.
The bulletins and associated data tables are available on the Statistics and Research section of the Executive Office website.
Notes to editors:
Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:
The Executive Office
Tel: (028) 9052 0021
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