What we do
The Administrative Data Research Network gives trained social and economic researchers access to linked, de-identified administrative data in a secure environment.
Economic and social research improves our knowledge and understanding of the society we live in. It provides a sound base for policy makers to decide how to tackle a range of complex social, economic, environmental and health issues. This is what we mean by ‘better knowledge, better society’.
How the process works
- of high scientific merit
- of potential benefit to society
We train researchers carefully before they can be accredited to use de-identified data safely, legally and responsibly. The Network, in the meantime, starts negotiating with the data custodians – such as government organisations that hold the data – for permission to use and possibly link the requested data.
The researchers analyse the linked, de-identified data in a secure environment under the guidance of Network staff, who make sure the data cannot leave the secure environment.
Before a researcher can remove their final results from the secure environment, our staff rigorously check that their findings:
- are relevant to the approved research project
- do not contain directly identifying personal information that would allow any person (or institution) to be identified
Finally, researchers give the Network a summary of their research in plain English, and make their results available to the public and the relevant data custodians.