The Administrative Data Research Network was an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 to 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, which was launched at the end of 2018.

Visit the Administrative Data Research Partnership for further information. 

This archival website reflects the state of play at the end of the project in July 2018. All content has been frozen and may not be up to date.

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The Southampton Centre 

The Administrative Data Research Centre for England was led from the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3Ri). The university worked with the Office for National Statistics since the 1990s, working with census data, especially data related to geography.

The Southampton Centre had expertise in:

  • quantitative social sciences, including administrative data research in relation to
    • energy data
    • demography
    • geography
    • social and official statistics
  • data licensing/access to census and related data products
  • cyber security
  • ethics in secondary data analysis
  • information governance 
  • data protection

The University of Southampton was also home to other two ESRC-funded data initiatives:

  • the Centre for Population Change, the UK’s first research centre on population change, bringing together university experts from Southampton, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Stirling as well as the National Records of Scotland and the Office for National Statistics

The Bloomsbury Centre

The Bloomsbury Centre had expertise in:

  • UCL: health services across all ages, primary care and hospitalisation data across the UK countries and beyond, registry and surveillance data, schools and higher education data, children’s social care, local authority and national policy variation in relation to health, education and social services, crime statistics (reported and survey), police authority data, information policies, cohort and trial linkage to administrative data and data linkage methods.
  • LSHTM: health services, public health and environmental hazards, especially pollution and methods for accounting for geospatial indicators relevant to health.
  • Institute for Fiscal Studies: research using data from the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue & Customs and administrative data that have been linked to the English Longitudinal Survey of Aging.
  • Institute for Fiscal Studies and Institute of Education: education sector data collections and are closely involved in the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census/National Pupil Database User Group and administrative data that have been linked to the cohort studies housed at the Institute of Education.

University College London also hosts:

  • the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health, bringing together social and biological knowledge and making scientific contributions in longitudinal methodology and international comparative research
  • the Jill Dando Institute, a hub of researchers with expertise in crime, offender, security and other extremely sensitive linked administrative datasets

UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are the lead partners for the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, linking electronic health data with other forms of research and routinely collected data, as well as building on capacity in health informatics research. 

The Office for National Statistics

The ONS provided trusted third party linkage facilities for the ADRC-England, which included:

  • preparation of data (cleaning, standardisation and geo-referencing)
  • encryption of data
  • processing of data
  • matching and linking data
  • quality assurance
  • secure transfer of data to ONS safe settings and other accredited environments

You can learn more about the important collaboration between ADRC-England and ONS directly from Dr Emma White and Lucy Vickers in the following video from last March 2016 or in the ADRN blog by ADRC-E/ONS Coordinator, Lucy Tinkler, 'ONS & ADRC-E: A collaboration written in the stars'.

You can also discover more about ADRC-England's expertise directly from our Directors, researchers and staff in our ADRC-E 2016 Research brochure, which provides a snapshot in time of the ADRC-E team. 

Page last updated: 31/07/2018