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Economical efficiency

  • There are minimal resource implications on government departments when researchers need to get data through the ADRN as it uses its own resources and expertise.
  • The data collection process is not intrusive and has limited disruption on government departments.
  • Administrative data collections already exist, so there’s no extra cost for collecting the information
  • Administrative data are frequently collected in the same way over many years, and subject to departmental standards
  • The Network allows better use of under-used data resources
  • Administrative data collections are regularly updated
  • Researchers can use historical information to compare the same data over time to uncover trends
  • As the Network can link administrative data to other data collections such as longitudinal surveys, it reduces the burden on government departments looking to use other surveys.
  • There are minimal resource implications on government departments when researchers get data through the ADRN as it uses its own resources and expertise.
  • The collection process is not intrusive and has limited disruption on existing departments.

Methodology and outcomes

  • Evidence-based, up-to-date research which informs government policy
  • Measurement of new policy impact
  • Broader population representation than survey data alone
  • An understanding of under-represented people who are otherwise difficult to reach through other research methods.
  • Richer, deeper understanding across social challenges
  • In-depth research over a wide geographical area, with large sample sizes of longitudinal data providing greater accuracy – and the potential for highly informed government policy
  • Identification of trends which demand action at an early stage by tracking changes over time
  • Impact on more policies as research is achieved more efficiently
  • Improved quality and quantity of the information provided, thereby enabling more useful research.

New insights to social challenges 

Research can provide evidence-based insight into important subjects including:

  • the risks and protective factors around child development
  • the relationship between social mobility, economic activity and educational attainment
  • the relationship between traffic density, availability of green space and crime levels
  • the effect of parental mental health issues on their children
  • the link between early-life social development and environmental background, and dementia risk
  • the relationship between fuel poverty and ill health
  • many more social, economic, environmental and health-related issues

Each of these may apply to a specific region. A researcher might want to look at health data in Northern Ireland, for example, or Welsh crime statistics, or compare regional, with national data. ADRN expertise can help with this, with minimal impact to your current resources.

Case studies

To find out how the ADRN can help your research or government department, please get in touch.


Page last updated: 05/05/2017