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Application process

With immediate effect the Administrative Data Service (ADS) and the Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRC-E) will no longer be putting forward new project proposals to the ADRN Approval Panel.

Proposals which plan to use data already available via the ADRN can contact the relevant Research Centre in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. (See here for details of those datasets.)

Any project proposals already in the system will be progressed until the ADS and ADRC-E close at the end of 31 July 2018.  Researchers will be contacted shortly with information on support for their projects beyond this date.

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:


Step 3: Negotiating for data and set-up

Negotiating for data

The Network contacts the government departments whose data the researcher wants to use on their behalf. The ADRN negotiates with the departments to get access to the data and sets up a data sharing agreement with them. The government departments (data controllers) may set restrictions or make additional requests to make sure the data collections remain safe.

The researcher will be regularly informed of any progress, but please bear in mind that this negotiation process may take a long time.

Preparing data

ADRN staff will match and link data collections from different government departments and make sure they are properly de-identified, using trusted third parties. They will prepare the data for the researcher, so it is ready for analysis.

More about linking data and trusted third parties

Page last updated: 19/06/2017