Fatal and serious road traffic collisions in Northern Ireland

It is difficult to grasp the full extent of what is portrayed by road traffic collision statistics. Each statistic represents a human being and, in the case of those killed or seriously injured, is an untold story of heartbreak and despair, wreaking devastating havoc on families across Northern Ireland. Identifying the factors that contribute to these collisions can inform public education, new technologies and enforcement with the aim of reducing the number and impact of road traffic collisions.

A car involved in a road traffic collision being towed (Image: Pixabay)
A car involved in a road traffic collision being towed (Image: Pixabay)

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An insight into Northern Ireland Constituency Profiles

The Research and Information Service (RaISe) has just produced updated 2016 Constituency Profiles for each of the 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland. This article looks at why and how these profiles are produced.

Map of Fermanagh and South Tyrone highlighting further education enrolments as a proportion of the 16+ population for 2013/14
Map of Fermanagh and South Tyrone highlighting further education enrolments as a proportion of the 16+ population for 2013/14

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Geographic Information Services in the Northern Ireland Assembly: What do we provide for Members?

Figure 1: Map presenting time travel analysis in relation to the nearest type one emergency care department
Figure 1: Map presenting time travel analysis in relation to the nearest type one emergency care department

Everything happens somewhere. How does the Northern Ireland Assembly’s in-house geographic information service help Members analyse and visualise complex data?

Over 80% of data used by our public sector services – environment, health, education, security, construction, transport, agriculture, heritage, sport and employment – has a geographic element e.g. an address or a coordinate. All these can be mapped. The advantage of mapping information rather than producing a table of information is that it allows users to easily review, analyse, visualise and understand previously unseen patterns, gaps, issues or problems. Analysing data in this way can lead to improved decision making. Examples of the kinds of geographical analysis produced by the Research and Information Service can be seen in figures 1 and 2.

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