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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, to be launched later in 2018.

Network coordination

Policies and procedures

ADS took the lead in developing the policies and procedures for the ADRN, pulling together feedback from each of the ADRCs and ensuring the individuality of each ADRC was respected while maintaining ADRN-wide high standards for information security.

The team maintained and reviewed the Network’s policies and processes, including:

  • project feasibility
  • guidance documents
  • terms of use
  • breaches policy
  • privacy impact

This work covered many areas, of which the above are just a few examples. The team were responsible for ‘managed documents’ which set out and governed all our policies and procedures, to make sure the work of the ADRN is safe, secure and ethical. They also dealt with any queries from research support staff at our Centres about network procedures and processes.

Approvals Panel

ADS set up the process for our independent and transparent Approvals Panel, and created its policies and procedures. These were regularly reviewed and updated. ADS provides:

  • day-to-day coordination and administration
  • recruitment of panel members
  • secretariat and technical support

 The Research Support Team prepared the research proposals that go to the Panel, and the Administrators minuted the meetings. A member of the Research Support Team also attended every meeting. They did not partake in the decision-making process.


Page last updated: 04/07/2018