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

This archival website reflects the state of play at the end of the project in July 2018. All content has been frozen and may not be up to date.

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Policies and procedures

Eligibility criteria

Both researchers and their projects are held up against strict eligibility criteria.

Approvals Panel

The Approvals Panel made sure the process of granting access to sensitive, linked administrative data was fair, equitable and transparent. The Panel met monthly to discuss and approve projects. The meeting minutes are published on this website.

Security standards

The Network operates according to the principles of the “5 Safes of Data Sharing”.

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

To protect the privacy of data and ensure the utmost security, it is compulsory for researchers using the ADRN to analyse their data sets in a secure environment that adheres to the strictest security standards.

Legal framework

There are laws and regulations governing how we use administrative data for research.

Policies & procedures

This section contains documentation for the assistance of users of the Network.

SURE Training

Before you are allowed to access any data in our secure environments, you will be required to complete our Safe Users of Research data Environment Training - also known as SURE training.


Page last updated: 27/07/2018