Step 1: Application development
Contact the Network
If a researcher has an idea for a research project that requires administrative data, they can contact the Network's User Services team with their proposal.
Is the Network right for the proposal?
First, the User Services team will see if the researcher can access the data they need through any other channel, such as the UK Data Service, the Farr Institute or the HMRC Data Lab. If so, the Network cannot help any further.
Discuss ideas and needs
The Network staff want to make sure the researcher can make the best possible application, so they will discuss the project proposal in detail. They want to understand exactly what the researcher needs to make their project successful − and they will explain what the researcher can expect from the ADRN.
Once the ADRN staff have a clear idea of the project, and the researcher knows exactly what the ADRN expects, the researcher will need to complete a project application form. This will explain the project to the Approvals Panel, who consider the project, and it allows the ADRN staff to start negotiations with data controllers on the researcher's behalf.
The Network needs a list of all the people involved in the project, so they can be scheduled for the required training.