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Measures that describe the spatial distribution of deprivation have been developed and used by government in Northern Ireland since the 1970s. The most recent work was the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2001. The measures of deprivation were based on data relating mostly to 1999. For more information see:
The small-area statistics from the 2001 Census of Population became available in 2003 and the Inter-Departmental Statistics Co-ordinating Group has agreed that it is timely to review spatial measures of deprivation in Northern Ireland. A steering group including membership from central and local Government, non-Departmental Public Bodies and the community sector will steer the review. The Group issued a public tender for this research, and subsequently awarded a contract to a team led by Mike Noble at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford. Three Steering Group meetings were held and minutes are available.
To assist the development of the research, a consultation document was produced and a series of public consultation meetings held. The consultation period ended on 29th October 2004.
Following the completion of the consultation period, the Noble team have completed a blueprint document detailing their response to issues raised in the consultation and a blueprint for the final measures.
The final publication of the research was
released on 26 May 2005.