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Annual Conference - 2017

1-2 June 2017
Quincentenary Conference Centre, Surgeons’ Hall
Edinburgh EH8 9DW

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This year, we would like to invite colleagues from outside the ADRN network, researchers, policy makers and practitioners to attend the full 2 day conference and join the conversation on making the best use of administrative data as a resource for social science research.

The themes of the conference are:

The Substantive Value of Administrative Data Research
This  theme  will  include  talks  based  on  substantive  studies  which  demonstrate  the range of research benefits that result from administrative data use. We would be particularly interested in studies that use linked data across multiple domains (e.g. housing, education, welfare, health, crime, census) to answer complex questions, but will also consider single domain studies.

Methodological Challenges and Innovations
In this theme we are interested in research utilising or developing cutting edge methodology including quasi experimental design approaches, regression discontinuity, sibling studies, and instrumental variables.

The Law, Ethics and Public Acceptability of Using Administrative Data for Research
The wide spread, at scale, use of administrative data for research purposes raises many complex ethical, legal, privacy and public acceptability questions. We welcome papers addressing these key areas of practice.

Technical Aspects of Administrative Data Processing
Presentations in this theme will focus on the use of technologies which enable the processing of administrative data such as Data Linkage, Natural language Processing and Machine learning.

In addition, this year, papers are also invited for two specialist sessions that will be sponsored by CALLS-HUB:

  • Mortality and health inequalities – international perspectives using longitudinal census studies and population register data
  • ​Migration - international perspectives using longitudinal census studies and population register data


A roundtable discussion and poster session will be presented by the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation (CC-ME) – part of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) for the European Commission’s science and knowledge service.

The CC-ME exists to support policy-making across a wide range of areas of impact evaluation of EU policies, by providing advice on data collection and evaluation design, capacity building on counterfactual methods, microeconometric analysis and counterfactual impact evaluation. 

Find out more on the conference website.

If you have any questions about the 2017 conference, please contact

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