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Application process

If you have a research idea that requires administrative data, the ADRN may be able to help. The research application process has four steps.

It is a long and intensive process, because researchers will be working with potentially sensitive data − so there are important safeguards in place to protect people’s privacy.

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


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