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Ongoing Good Relations and Reconciliation research

Ongoing Good Relations and Reconciliation Research

Good Relations Indicators

OFMDFM Research Branch has the responsibility of annually updating the ‘Good Relations Indicators’ and ensuring they are refined and developed on an ongoing basis. The indicators illustrate the state of good relations and facilitate monitoring over time. They were developed under a set of high level priority outcomes and offer a means to measure the progress being made towards achieving each of these outcomes.
At present, the indicators rely on data that are currently available and are measured using a range of quantitative data sources. The indicators cover a wide range of aspects of community/race relations including numbers of hate crimes; attitudinal data on Protestant/Catholic relations; parades statistics and levels of prejudice towards ethnic minorities.
Contact: Carol Murphy
Tel: 028 9052 3248 or
Email: carol.murphy@ofmdfmni.gov.uk

Database of research relating to children in Northern Ireland

The Children’s Research Database contains concise and lay-friendly summaries of research on all aspects of children’s lives in Northern Ireland and is a result of a collaborative project between CCRF (Childcare Research Forum) and OFMDFM.  The purpose of the database is to provide a central point for the collation of all research on children and young people in NI. The database is intended to be a dissemination mechanism for those conducting research and a source of information for those wishing to access research. Through the establishment of the database we also aim to prevent potential duplication in future research in this area. The framework for the research database is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The database was launched in October 2005 and OFMDFM Research Branch continues to fund the maintenance and further development of this database. The database can be found at:
Contact: Carol Murphy
Tel: 028 9052 3248 or
Email: carol.murphy@ofmdfmni.gov.uk

Progressing Good Relations and Reconciliation in Post-Agreement Northern Ireland

OFMDFM agreed to fund the International Conflict Research Institute to complete this research project.  It seeks to explore how the priorities of good relations are currently understood by stakeholders with an interest – and influence on – promoting a shared and better future.  Semi-structured, in depth interviews will be conducted with subjects from the political, civic, business and community sectors to identify the outstanding issues and key priority areas in terms of good relations and reconciliation.  The overall research objective is to make a practical contribution to future good relations policy and practice.