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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.

Protecting Privacy

The nature of administrative data means some data collections may contain sensitive information on for example, the income, health or financial circumstances of individuals or households.

However, as researchers are looking at the bigger picture created by data, this information is removed before access is granted. 

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.

Access will only be granted to administrative data when information directly identifying an individual, household or business has been removed.

De-identification

Administrative data collections may contain sensitive information on the income, health or financial circumstances of individuals or households. The ADRN has strict procedures in place to protect people’s privacy.

The ADRN only grants access to administrative data when information directly identifying an individual, household or business has been removed.

De-identifying data removes information such as:

  • names
  • full addresses
  • exact date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • National Health Service number
  • tax reference number

Different data collections can be linked to carry out your research. We work with trusted third parties to match data independently, safely and without compromising an individual’s identity.

Find out more about the de-identification process in this video:


Page last updated: 20/09/2017