Contact the Central Survey Unit

The unit manages the fieldwork on a number of regular national surveys, and conducts Northern Ireland specific surveys on behalf of Government Departments.

How do I take part in a survey?

Thank you for your interest in NISRA’s Surveys.

For every NISRA Survey a random sample of addresses in Northern Ireland is selected.  This approach gives every address in Northern Ireland an equal chance of being selected. 

If your address has been chosen you will receive a letter from NISRA with instructions on how to participate.

If you have not received such a letter then unfortunately you cannot participate at this time.

I have been selected, what do I need to do to take part?

If you have been selected to take part in a survey please provide us with a telephone number so that we can reach you. Due to current government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) we are unable to send an interviewer to your address in person to carry out this study.  We plan however, to carry out the study over the telephone instead. Please click on the secure link below to enter your contact details.

During the current restrictions imposed on the public and in order to protect staff and the wider population our office staff are working remotely from home using mobile phones. The table below illustrates the surveys we currently have active.  If you have received a letter to inform you that your address has been selected to take part in one of these surveys you will be asked to contact one of the numbers within the table, some surveys have several contact numbers due to the number of addresses selected to take part in that survey.

Survey Customer Contact Number(s)
Continuous Household Survey 02890255111, 07511213432
Coronavirus Survey 02890255069, 02890255091, 02890255096, 02890255114, 02890255115, 02890255116, 02890255450, 07511213423, 07511213383, 07511213421, 07511213382, 07511213428,  07596345328, 07596345416
Family Resources Survey 02890255111, 07511213432
Health Survey Northern Ireland 02890255114, 07511213382
Labour Force Survey 02890255111, 07511213432
The Northern Ireland Living Costs and Food Survey 02890255111, 07511213432
Survey on Living Conditions  02890255111, 07511213432
Travel Survey for Northern Ireland 02890255542, 07511213427
Safe Community Survey 02890255542, 07511213427


Information on the surveys is available from the links below:

Continuous Household Survey
The Northern Ireland Safe Community Survey
Family Resources Survey
Health Survey Northern Ireland
Labour Force Survey
The Northern Ireland Living Costs and Food Survey
National Diet and Nutrition Survey
Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey
Survey on Living Conditions
Travel Survey for Northern Ireland
Young Persons’ Behaviour & Attitudes Survey

Why do we need your help?

Your input is vital to the success of the survey. By taking part you can help provide an accurate picture of how changes in society, government policy, services and the economy affects you. It is important that we survey a wide cross-section of people to ensure the results accurately reflect the whole population.

Why was my address selected?

As it is impossible to survey everyone, a random sample of addresses is selected. This approach gives every address an equal chance of being selected.

We cannot substitute your address for another, as this could distort survey representativeness. We would therefore appreciate it if you could help us.

How was my address chosen?

Your address was selected at random from a list of all addresses in Northern Ireland.

What happens to the information I provide?

NISRA's Central Survey Unit places great emphasis on confidentiality and goes to considerable lengths to maintain such confidentiality. Any information given is strictly confidential and NISRA's Central Survey Unit will not release any any information that would identify you or anyone in your household.

You can obtain a copy of the NISRA Privacy Notice here.

If you would like any more details please give us a call.

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Central Survey Unit

Central Survey Unit
Colby House
Stranmillis Court

Telephone: +44 (0) 28 9025 5118