Research and Data

Good quality information and data are vital to any public policy initiative. Healthy Ireland is no different. The Healthy Ireland Survey is a new annual survey of the health and wellbeing of the population.

The first wave of the survey was carried out by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of the Department of Health during 2014/2015 and was published in October 2015.

More than 10,000 households were randomly selected for the nationwide survey which is designed to provide vital data on the state of the nation’s health. The Healthy Ireland Survey provides a snapshot of key indicators which influence our health, right across the population. These include lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental wellbeing.

Healthy Ireland Survey 2015 Summary of Findings

If you are interested in seeing the questionnaire used in the survey (in pdf format), it is available at Healthy Ireland Questionnaire (LIVE VERSION).

An Anonymised Microdata File (AMF) for Wave 1 is deposited in the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) and is available for research and teaching purposes subject to the ISSDA End User Licence Agreement.  Data from subsequent waves will also be made available following completion of fieldwork. You may also be interested in reading (in pdf format) the Wave 1 Healthy Ireland – Technical Report (Final).

The second wave is underway and a report will be published in Autumn 2016.

Visit the Research and Publications area of our website to find out about the data and information available about the health sector, the health services and the health of people in Ireland.