Output Geography for the Updated Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM 2017)

Closed 4 May 2016

Opened 10 Feb 2016

Feedback Updated 23 Jan 2018

We Asked

The key questions were (1) to what extent do you agree with NISRA’s proposed option to base the primary outputs of the Deprivation Update on Super Output Areas, and (2) do you have a specific need for deprivation information for the new 462 Electoral Wards.

You Said

The majority of respondents agreed with the proposal to use Super Output Areas as the main output geography of the updated Multiple Deprivation Measure. However, the results also indicated a general need to produce deprivation statistics for the new Electoral Wards.

We Did

NISRA will use Super Output Areas as the main output geography of the updated Multiple Deprivation Measure, to be published in mid-2017. It also commited to create deprivation measures for the new Electoral Wards on an approximate basis at a later stage.

Results Updated 23 Jan 2018

The reponses to this consultation were analysed by NISRA, and presented to the Deprivation Steering Group. The link below describes the consultation process and the decision for the deprivation output geography.


Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Measures that describe the spatial distribution of deprivation or disadvantage have been developed and used by government and others in Northern Ireland since the 1970s. They have played a pivotal role in both informing the targeting of resources to the most deprived areas in Northern Ireland and monitoring the spatial impact of policy interventions.

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) has been commissioned by the cross-departmental Statistics Coordinating Group to undertake an update of the current Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures (NIMDM 2010), which were last published in 2010 and which remain the official measures until the update has been completed.

The work on the update was initiated in October 2015. 

Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to consider the options for the geographical levels for which the Updated Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM 2017) will be produced and published.

What Happens Next

The NISRA evaluation of responses to the consultation on the “Output Geography for the updated Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM 2017)” will be based on a combination of both the user requirements and the operational considerations as outlined below. The results of the evaluation will be presented to a meeting of the Steering Group, which ultimately will take a decision on the proposed way forward, and will be made publicly available.

User requirements

  • Proposed purpose for which the updated deprivation measures will be used
  • Need for information on lower-level geographical areas
  • Need for information for the new administrative geographies arising from the RPA
  • Assessment of need for comparability beyond Northern Ireland
  • Need for continuity with previous Multiple Deprivation Measures

Operational Considerations

  • Data availability and quality
  • Public acceptability
  • Burden on data suppliers
  • Actual and perceived data disclosure risks
  • Continuity of outputs over time more generally
  • Timescales


  • Government Department
  • Local Government
  • Statutory Body
  • Private Sector
  • Research
  • Charity, Community and Voluntary
  • Utility
  • Press/media


  • Population Statistics
  • Household Statistics
  • Demography
  • Health
  • Housing and Accommodation
  • Qualifications
  • Labour Market
  • Income