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The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) exists to make it possible to carry out academic research using administrative data.

This is information collected by national and local government and other public sector organisations, usually when they are delivering a service. It’s collected for administrative or operational reasons, but has the potential to be very valuable for social and economic research.

It contains a wealth of information about our society. Social researchers can use it to analyse the impact of government policies, or find new explanations for what happens in our everyday lives.

The Network will help researchers see this information, while making sure the data collections are safe to use and ‘de-identified’ – meaning that all information directly identifying an individual (such as name and address) is removed. 

The Network is currently testing and refining its procedures. We will be operational in autumn 2014.