User engagement on ‘NI Statistical Surveys – Assessment of burden on businesses, households and individuals’ publications

Consultation opened on 21 December 2022. Closing date 15 February 2023.


NISRA Statistical Support Branch is seeking users’ views on the proposal to reduce the content of the ‘Cost to Business of Completing Statistical Surveys’ report and discontinue the ‘Burden on Households & Individuals of Completing Statistical Surveys’ report.


Consultation description

This consultation provides the opportunity for you to comment on the content and the future of the ‘Cost to Business’ and ‘Burden on Households & Individuals’ reports.

Both reports take considerable resource to produce, in terms of data collection from all NI Government Departments and Arm’s Length Bodies, quality assurance checks and the production of the reports. There is also no identified user base for the ‘Burden on Households and Individuals’ report and the user base for the ‘Cost to Business’ report is small.

It is therefore proposed to discontinue the ‘Burden on Households and Individuals’ report, and to streamline the ‘Cost to Business’ report. The downloadable data would still be made available alongside the ‘Cost to Business’ report, enabling users to replicate the missing analysis.

A more detailed outline of the proposals and the rationale behind them is presented in the ‘User Engagement on Survey Burden Reports’ document above.

NISRA Statistical Support Branch would welcome your views on these proposals - do you use these statistics and how will these proposed changes affect you?

You can respond to the consultation using the link below. The survey should take no longer than fifteen minutes to complete. The consultation will end on 15 February 2023.

An anonymised summary of the feedback, and actions taken as a result of the user engagement will be published on the Survey Burden webpage.

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