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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Our internal work packages

WP1: Legal - Interoperable information governance
This work package will build on the successes of the Scottish Health Informatics Programme that has delivered principled and proportionate governance within the Scottish health-related linkage sector, to explore possible sector and country-specific solutions for delivering IIG involving administrative data at the local, national, European and international level.

Lead participants:  Graeme Laurie (Edinburgh), Claudia Pagliari (Edinburgh), Leslie Anne Stevens (Edinburgh)

WP2: Public Engagement - knowledge generation
This work package will enhance the centre’s core public engagement activities by using in-depth methods of literature review, interviews and focus groups to elucidate the issues influencing public trust in the aims and mechanisms of the ADRC. This forms the ‘knowledge generation’ component of our three-pronged public engagement strategy.

Lead participants: Claudia Pagliari (Edinburgh), Sarah Cunningham-Burley (Edinburgh), Ken Gibb (Glasgow), Carol Porteous (Edinburgh)

WP3: Oral history capture - public engagement, metadata creation and deep investigation of historical administrative data in the Aberdeen Children of the Nineteen Fifties (ACONF)
An ambitious programme of oral history capture will provide an important archive resource for research; a rich metadata of the experience of growing up in Scotland in the 20th Century using Aberdeen Children of the Nineteen Fifties (ACONF).

Lead participants: Alison Murray (Aberdeen), Corri Black (Aberdeen), Jessica Butler (Aberdeen)

WP4: Dealing with Uncertainty in Automated Linkage
This work package will explore whether techniques and methodologies being developed in related fields (databases, artificial intelligence, information retrieval, bibliographic linking) can be applied to the specific problems that arise out of the linkage of administrative records for social science research.

Lead participants: Graham Kirby (St Andrews), Peter Christen (ANU), Alasdair Gray (Heriot-Watt), Alan Dearle (St Andrews), Masih Derkani (St Andrews)

WP5: Provision of Geocoding and Georeferencing tools
We will aim to create new geospatial information from original source materials (e.g. integrating point sources for spatially continuous pollution concentration estimation; deriving accessibility surfaces for proximity to resources e.g. primary care). Though many of the original maps have already been digitised by the National Library of Scotland, the relevant vectorised data sets (necessary for any spatial analysis) of specific boundaries do not currently exist and therefore will produced as necessary.

Lead participants: James Reid (Edinburgh), James Crone (Edinburgh)

WP6: Coding and classifying text - Extracting information from free text resources
We will investigate methods for enriching and contextualising administrative records by extracting information from unstructured text resources that can be associated with them.

Lead participants: Ewan Klein (Edinburgh), Claire Grover (Edinburgh), Support (TBC)

WP7: Non-disclosive synthetic data - Creating synthetic versions of linked administrative data
This Work Package will build on the one year ‘Synthetic Data Estimation for UK Longitudinal Studies’ project funded by the ESRC – extending and then piloting the method with the much larger administrative datasets. The aim will be to produce entirely non-disclosive data that then can be used in data discovery, training and public engagement.

Lead participants:Chris Dibben (Edinburgh), Peter Christen (ANU), Beata Nowok (Edinburgh)

WP8: Incomes, benefits and labour market
This work package will focus on data on individual economic resources in the form of earned income and benefits or tax credits as well as labour market status. These variables will be derived largely but not exclusively from central government data, notably from DWP and (if possible) HMRC.

Lead participants: Nick Bailey (Glasgow), Chris Dibben (Edinburgh), Researcher (TBC)

WP9: Scottish Mental Surveys - Linking the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947 to demographic, social, and health data
The Work Package will test some exemplar research hypotheses covering the areas of psychosocial and environmental determinants of social mobility, later-life dependency, and health – using full life-course analyses.

Lead participants: Ian Deary (Edinburgh), Chris Dibben (Edinburgh), John Starr (Edinburgh), Jamie Pearce (Edinburgh), Corri Black (Aberdeen), Alison Murray (Aberdeen), Researcher (TBC)

WP10: Informal care – the implications of caring for health and wellbeing
We propose to scope the potential of linked administrative data to aid understanding of informal care in Scotland. Much of the care and support provided in the UK today is not through formal social or health services but informally, by family or even friends. There are concerns that demographic and social trends will reduce the degree to which such support can be provided.

Lead participants:  Iain Atherton (Napier), Alasdair Rutherford (Stirling), Nick Bailey (Glasgow), Researcher (TBC)

WP11: Parental Mental Health – Parental Mental Health and Filial Educational Outcomes
The overall aim of this work package is to link existing, but currently disparate, administrative data in order to build an infrastructural data resource that supports the investigation of a range of substantive research questions orientated towards the relationship between parental mental health and children’s educational outcomes.

Lead participants: Vernon Gayle (Edinburgh), Chris Dibben (Edinburgh), Janice McGhee (Edinburgh), Cristina Ianelli (Edinburgh), Corri Black (Aberdeen)

WP12: Training for ADRC-S participants (internal and external)
Lead participants:
Vernon Gayle (Edinburgh)

Work strand 1: Transport & Big Data

Lead participants: Piyushimita Thakuriah (Glasgow)

Work strand 2: Housing
Lead participants: Ken Gibb (Glasgow)

Work strand 3: Crime and Justice
Lead participants: Susan McVie (Edinburgh)

Work strand 4: Social Work
Lead participants: Janice McGhee (Edinburgh), Brigid Daniel (Stirling), Julie Taylor (Edinburgh)

Page last updated: 25/07/2018