Consultation on proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Crime Survey

Closed 9 Jan 2018

Opened 9 Nov 2017

Feedback Updated 28 Mar 2018

We Asked

The consultation invited views on the proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Crime Survey.  The consultation period ran from 9 November 2017 to 9 January 2018.

You Said

Written responses from 7 organisations/individuals were received.  These included detailed comments on the proposals, as well as suggestions for additional questions and subjects to be added to the questionnaire.

We Did

The responses to the consultation were analysed by NISRA statisticians, and discussed by the Project Board, and resulted in a final version of the Year 1 questionnaire.  This questionnaire will ‘go-live’ in April 2018, whilst publications from the new Year 1 questionnaire are anticipated to be available from late 2019.  Work on the Year 2 questionnaire is ongoing.

A detailed response to the consultation, as well as updates on other changes to the Crime Survey can be found at  The final version of the questionnaire is available at


This consultation is seeking feedback on the proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Crime Survey.

The Northern Ireland Crime Survey is an annual face-to-face survey commissioned on behalf of the Department of Justice Northern Ireland (DoJ) and is an important source of information about levels of, and public attitudes to, crime and justice.

Why We Are Consulting

In the context of the current Programme for Government (PfG) and subsequent consultation responses, and as part of a more general assessment of user needs, we are carrying out a comprehensive review of the scope and content of the Crime Survey with the overall aim of ensuring it meets customer requirements in alignment with Departmental and PfG priorities. 

What Happens Next

Statisticians from the Department of Justice will review all consultation responses and will publish a report on the overall findings.


  • All stakeholders


  • Crime