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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Resources for researchers

The Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC-W) strives to provide the best possible service to all of our stakeholders and is committed to supporting researchers to achieve excellent outputs that have the ability to inform policy and have a clear public benefit.

ADRC-W Data Briefs

Each quarter, ADRC-W produces a Data Brief to provide researchers with a general understanding of some of the data sets that exist. Produced by our Research Officers, who are researchers themselves, these short guides aim to give a concise introduction to data sets that exist in the UK.

Each Data Brief will provide information on the general overview of the data set, its characteristics and limitations and also previous research that has been carried using the data set.


Research support team

Research Support Officers (RSOs) provide front of house support to researchers using ADRC-W. They are academics doing their own research in areas of interest; they look after those ADRN projects which fall into their area of expertise.

RSOs are the first point of contact for providing more information about data as they have often worked with datasets in that area.

Our ADRC-W service is free at point of using data, and accessible to all, you just need a good idea and a good application to submit to the approvals panel.  RSOs help researchers complete the application and help with data access throughout the project.

As ADRC-W wishes to enhance the use of administrative data from disciplines where researchers may not be used to accessing admin data, RSOs help bridge that gap, facilitating the research. They are opening up the pool of disciplines who could benefit from the use of administrative data by making it more accessible and usable.

More broadly, RSOs are engaging with the academic community, attending and speaking at events across the UK.


Researcher User Journey

If you have an idea for a research project using administrative data, your research journey starts here.


Contact the ADRC-W Research Support Team to discuss your research idea or to be added to the ADRC-W mailing list 



Page last updated: 25/07/2018