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The Administrative Data Service Helpdesk will be closed from 12:00 GMT on Thursday 26 February 2015 until 14:30 GMT Friday 27 February 2015. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

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

We help accredited researchers carry out social and economic research using linked, de-identified administrative data – information which is routinely collected by government organisations.

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

An independent approvals panel examines every research proposal thoroughly. Once they give their approval, the data custodian has to agree to share its data before the research can go ahead.

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