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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - 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.

Get data

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.

Please be aware that the ADRN is only accepting new applications for research projects that propose to use data which are readily available via the ADRN. See here for details of those datasets.

If you want to apply to use data that only covers one of the devolved nations (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), please contact the local ADRC directly:

However, we will consider enquiries regarding data not covered by the above to establish whether we are able to offer alternative solutions to your data needs.

Other services and expertise provided by the ADRN include:

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


The catalogue contains information about datasets that are available through the ADRN, either via the general cataolgue or the ADRC-specific resources.

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.

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: 20/09/2017