Step 1: Application development
Contact the Network
If a researcher has an idea for a research project that requires administrative data, they can contact the Network's User Services team with their proposal.
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:
- Northern Ireland: email@example.com or +44 (0) 2890 632631
- Scotland: firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 131 658 5344
- Wales: ADRCWales@swansea.ac.uk or +44 (0) 1792 606918
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.
Is the Network right for the proposal?
First, the User Services team will see if the researcher can access the data they need through any other channel, such as the UK Data Service, the Farr Institute or the HMRC Data Lab. If so, the Network cannot help any further.
Discuss ideas and needs
The Network staff want to make sure the researcher can make the best possible application, so they will discuss the project proposal in detail. They want to understand exactly what the researcher needs to make their project successful − and they will explain what the researcher can expect from the ADRN.
Once the ADRN staff have a clear idea of the project, and the researcher knows exactly what the ADRN expects, the researcher will receive a link to complete a personalised project application form. This will explain the project to the Approvals Panel, who consider the project, and it allows the ADRN staff to start negotiations with data controllers on the researcher's behalf.
The Network needs a list of all the people involved in the project, so they can be scheduled for the required training. ADRN staff will send a link to the online researcher application form along with the project application form.