Government departments and agencies build up administrative data collections during their day-to-day activities. They routinely gather information when registering people or carrying out transactions, or for record keeping – usually when delivering a service.
Administrative data can include:
- social security payment records
- educational attainment records
- health records
- court records
- tax records
Linking these data collections together can give us an in-depth and accurate picture of society which is extremely valuable for social and economic research.
The findings have the potential to enable maximum impact of research by significantly influencing future government policy and how politicians and others evaluate existing policies.