ARK has a single goal: to make social science information on Northern Ireland available to the widest possible audience.
Researchers, policymakers, journalists, community and other voluntary groups, schoolchildren and their teachers are all users of ARK – in fact anyone with an interest in social issues in Northern Ireland can make use of this resource.
Knowledge-based policy is key to the success of Northern Ireland’s devolved legislative assembly. ARK seeks to build both a solid infrastructure and increased capacity as social policy issues have come under fresh scrutiny across all areas, a lobbying culture has emerged and with it the opportunity to stimulate public debate on these issues.
ARK was established in 2000