Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2017 (NIMDM2017)

The updated deprivation measures were released on 23rd November 2017 replacing the NIMDM 2010 as the official measure of deprivation in Northern Ireland.

The measures, known as NIMDM 2017, were informed through public consultation and Steering Group agreement, and provide a mechanism for ranking the 890 Super Output areas (SOAs) in Northern Ireland from the most deprived (rank 1) to the least deprived (rank 890).

They include ranks of the areas for each of 7 distinct types (or domains) of deprivation, which have been combined to produce an overall multiple deprivation measure (MDM) rank of the areas. The MDM ranks of the areas should be considered in conjunction with those for each of the 7 domains in order to gain a comprehensive picture of deprivation.

The newly developed online NIMDM 2017 Analysis Package and interactive maps allow users to readily access the data and easily find the areas in which they are interested.

Dissemination Events

Public dissemination events have been confirmed for the following dates:

Derry/ Londonderry- Friday 2nd February (morning)
Strabane - Friday 2nd February (afternoon)
Newtownards - Thursday 8th February (morning)
Belfast - Wednesday 21st February (morning)
Craigavon- Wednesday 28th February (morning)
Newry- Tuesday 6th March (afternoon)

Coleraine- Wednesday 7th March (afternoon)
Enniskillen- Monday 12th March (afternoon)
Cookstown- Wednesday 14th March (afternoon)
Newtownabbey- Friday 16th March (morning)
Lisburn- Tuesday 20th March (morning)
Ballymena- Friday 23rd March (morning)

Events include a 45 minute presentation of the findings and a demonstration of resources, as well as provide an opportunity for questions. 

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Proposals for the Updated Multiple Deprivation Measures (NIMDM2017)

The consultation on the Proposals for the Updated Multiple Deprivation Measures (NIMDM2017) has now closed. 

Overview of the Planned Work

Given the National Statistics status of the NIMDM, the work will be advanced 'in house' by NISRA statisticians in accordance with the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice for Official Statistics. It will be overseen by a cross-Departmental/organisation Steering group chaired by NISRA's Director of Analysis.

Key stakeholders will be actively encourage to engage with the work in order to ensure that the update is comprehensive and that collective ownership is secured for the outcome. Avenues for engagement will include participation in the Steering Group, Domain Expert Groups and public consultation events.

NIMDM 2017 User Engagement Strategy

The work on NIMDM 2010 resulted in some 36 recommendations. Active consideration of all of these recommendations will be a key component of the update.

NIMDM Workplan

Consultation on Output Geography for Deprivation

The purpose of this consultation was to consider the options for the geographical levels, for which the Updated Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM 2017) will be produced and published. The consultation ran from 10th February to 4th May 2016.

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Contacts for Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2017 (NIMDM2017)

Deprivation and Geography

Deprivation Statistics
Colby House
Stranmillis Court

Tel: +44(0)28 903 88478