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The ADRN provides a personal, no cost service (to the point of access) to researchers across academia and government to find and link de-identified data for approved research projects.  Only charges incurred from government departments will be passed onto researchers.

The ADRN does not hold data.  It works on behalf of researchers to scope data requests, negotiate with data providers and facilitate secure access to de-identified and linked (if required) data extracts that would not be accessible through public channels.

Services and expertise provided by the ADRN include:

This section provides all the information researchers need to apply to the ADRN to find data for their research.

If you experience issues with the application form, please contact our Helpdesk via


The catalogue contains metadata about some of the existing administrative data sources.

Application process

The research application process has four steps. It is a long and intensive process, because researchers will be working with potentially sensitive data

Administrative data

Government departments and agencies build up administrative data collections during their day-to-day activities.

Information about data accessible through the ADRN

Information about datasets that are available through the ADRN, either via the general cataolgue or the ADRC-specific resources.

Approvals Panel

The Approvals Panel makes sure the process of granting access to sensitive, linked administrative data is fair, equitable and transparent

Protecting privacy

The ADRN has established strict procedures and protocols based on best practice and legislation to protect people’s privacy and de-identify the data before it is used for research.

Secure access

The Network has secure research environments at four centres across the UK.

Policies and procedures

This section contains documentation for the assistance of users of the Network.

Page last updated: 22/06/2017