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, to be launched later in 2018.

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 Administrative Data Research Centre for England wanted to transform the way administrative data collections are converted into knowledge and evidence for public and economic policy.

As a society, we can find new and efficient ways to tackle some of the major issues we face by improving access to and use of these collections of data. That means safely managing and maximising the use of new, functionally anonymised, linked data from across sectors and government departments and working across academic disciplines. This will create new evidence to help develop, implement and evaluate public policy and future research. It will also inform and develop new methods to link and analyse data.

Working as part of the Administrative Data Research Network, the ADRC-England aimed to:

  • develop new linked data collections
  • provide access to them
  • make sure that data are accessed and analysed safely and effectively, maximising societal benefit
  • develop administrative data research capacity

As well as giving trained researchers access to administrative data, the Administrative Data Research Centre for England also carried out its own original research on:

  • methodological research on the linkage and quality assessment of administrative data
  • substantive administrative data research which informs knowledge and policy

Research programmes and themes

ADRC-England research projects fell within 7 major programmes:

  1. Health and education 
  2. Geospatial methods
  3. Public policy 
  4. Reliability of data 
  5. Methodology 
  6. Crime
  7. Public services linked to benefits/earnings

with 3 main themes within each:

  • Data linkage 
  • Evaluating and addressing linked data quality
  • Policy-focused research using exemplar projects

Research projects

You can find information regarding our latest Away Day, the ADRC-E approved research projects and the published research outcomes at the following links: 

ADRC-E Away Day 2017

ADRC-E approved research projects

More information is also available on blog pieces written by our researches and in publicly available podcasts and videos of ADRC-E researchers at national conferences.

Examples of research in health and education

PhD student Louise McGrath-Lone from the Bloomsbury Centre highlights findings from the ADRC-E project 'children-in-care' in two blog pieces from The Conversation:

You can also listen to the research performed by Louise in the ADRN 'Data Points' piece:


What is methodology?

Methodological research is a key research field at ADRC-E in the Southampton and Bloomsbury centres.

Please visit this page to know more about this essential type of research from the ADRC-E team members focusing their expertise in this field.    


You can also discover more about the research performed at ADRC-E directly from our researchers in our ADRC-E 2016 Research brochure, which provides a snapshot in time of the ADRC-E team. 



Page last updated: 31/07/2018