On 25 September 2015, NISRA launched a consultation asking users of census statistics for their views on the topics that the 2021 Census questionnaire might cover. The consultation closed on 17 December 2015.
Participants were advised to read the topic consultation supporting information before responding, this included:
- 2021 Census topic consultation document
- 2021 Census topic consultation questionnaire
- moderation policy
- frequently asked questions
User engagement event
In October 2015, as part of its ongoing user consultation, NISRA organised three 2021 Census topic consultation information events to discuss topics for the next census. Presentation slides and a summary report are available to download.
The topic consultation responses and a summary of question response frequencies are available to download.
The 'Assessment of the responses received - Response to consultation' presents NISRA's full response to the consultation and provides an overview of the evaluation process we used to assess the responses and summarises the results. It sets out NISRA's updated view on the topics to be included in the 2021 Census, including a summary of proposals for new topics, next steps and an overview of our plans.
The exact content of the 2021 Census will only be finalised after further research, testing and consultation and will ultimately be subject to the approval of the Northern Ireland Assembly through secondary legislation.