ARK resources

ARK is Northern Ireland’s social policy hub. Established in 2000 by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, its primary goal is to increase the accessibility and use of academic data and research. The following political and social resources are suitable for post-primary teachers and students.

Material on the Troubles and Politics

The CAIN section of ARK provides detailed information on the Troubles and politics since 1968, including extracts from books, reports, photographs and murals. Our Elections section provides detailed results of every election here since 1973.

CAIN includes digital version of public records held by the Public Record Office, relating to key moments in recent history.

Survey data on Public Attitudes

ARK runs three surveys recording public attitudes in Northern Ireland to issues such as politics, citizenship, racism, health and wellbeing, and a wide range of social issues.

Research Projects

Our research on Northern Ireland focuses on four key issues: good relations, ageing, children and young people, and health and wellbeing.

Free Publications

ARK disseminates information in many ways. All results, data and questionnaires from the surveys are online. Our short Research Updates highlight key survey findings and many of this have linked videos. Research reports and Policy briefs on a range of topics are also available. You can find all our publications and videos online.

Find out more about ARK resources.

The ARK team is working at home and people can contact us via email if they need help or support with any of the material.  Our contact details are


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