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The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) is a UK-wide partnership between universities, government departments and agencies, national statistics authorities, funders and researchers.

What is administrative data?

Administrative data is information rountinely 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.

The data 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.

What does the ADRN do?

The ADRN will help researchers carry out social and economic research using linked, de-identified administrative data.

Safe data

We make sure any information which directly identifies people (such as names and addresses) is removed from the data before any research is done.

Safe projects

An independent approvals panel examines every research proposal. Once they give their approval, the Network will work with data custodians to agree access to administrative data before the research can go ahead.

Safe environments, safe results

We provide a safe environment for the researcher to work in. They can’t take any data out of this safe setting, and our Administrative Data Research Centre staff will scrutinise their results before publication to make sure they are relevant to the project and don’t disclose any information about individuals.