**Please note that the Online Research Bank has not been updated since 2014. Information on this site has been retained for archival purposes.**
ORB was established in 2000 under the auspices of ARK and is a joint initiative between Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University. The aim of ORB is to provide summary information on key topics of interest in the Social Policy field in Northern Ireland. ORB concentrates on material that is research based, carried out by government, the voluntary sector or academia and focused on Northern Ireland.