NISRA Research Support Unit
The role of the NISRA Research Support Unit (RSU) is to allow researchers safe access to project specific de-identified data in a secure environment in order to carry out secondary data analysis. Access to the data is governed by protocols and procedures to ensure data confidentiality. Researchers are supported by RSU through the application, accreditation, analysis and output processes.
The RSU provides support to researchers accessing the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) and data through the Administrative Data Research NI (ADR NI).
- “Health” only data projects: Projects requiring only “health data” proceed under the Honest Broker Service processes.
- “Health” and RG data projects: Projects requiring “health” and RG data (e.g. Census/GRO data) proceed under Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) processes under the Census Act (NI) 1969.
- “Health” linked to other NICS departmental datasets: There is currently no legal gateway in Northern Ireland for projects using a combination of “health” and other public-body data.
- “Non-Health” data projects: Projects requiring “non-health data” proceed under processes laid out under the Digital Economy Act 2017 research clauses (See Administrative Data Research NI or NILS for more details).
Research Support Unit
Telephone: +44(0) 28 90 388488