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, which was launched at the end of 2018.

Visit the Administrative Data Research Partnership for further information. 

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 & procedures

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

Please follow the links below to view the policy documents:

About ADRN projects

Definition of an ADRN project (ADRN901) (PDF)

outlines the criteria that define a project suitable for acceptance by the ADRN.

Ethics Guidance (PDF)

- provides background information about the Network and ethical issues relating to administrative data which will be useful to Research Ethics Committees and Ethics Review applicants.

Feasibility Criteria (ADRN010) (PDF)

- outlines the criteria for assessing the feasibility of an ADRN project proposal.

Project Proposal Guidance Notes (ADRN006) (PDF)

- provides guidelines for completing the Project Proposal Application form. 

Project Modification Process (ADRN057) (PDF)

- describes the process for handling any requests for changes to an ADRN project already approved by the ADRN Approvals Panel.

Policies and procedures for researchers

ADRN Researcher (ADRN013) (PDF)

- outlines the policy and procedures which define the eligibility criteria for researchers for Network projects.

Researcher Application Guidance Notes (ADRN007) (PDF)

- provides guidelines for completing the Researcher Application form.

Institutional Guarantor Policy and Procedure (ADRN012) (PDF)

- outlines our policy in relation to institutional guarantors and their verification procedures.

Institutional Guarantor - FAQs  (ADRN012) (PDF)

provides information to explain the role and purpose of an Institutional Guarantor in relation the Network's application, researcher accreditation and safeguarding processes.

ADRN Safe User of Research data Environments Training (ADRN028) (PDF)

- outlines the policy which defines who can be considered to meet the requirement for successful completion of training to attain ADRN researcher status and access data in relation to an ADRN project. 

About the Approvals Panel

Approvals Panel Terms of Reference (ADRN014) (PDF)

- outlines the terms of reference for the Approval Panel.

Approvals Panel Operating Procedures (ADRN015) (PDF)

- outlines how the Approvals Panel operates to fulfil its terms of reference and interacts with other elements in the Network. 

General policies

Breaches Policy and Procedures (ADRN003) (PDF)

outlines policy and procedures in relation to breaches of the Network’s terms of use.

Glossary (ADRN018) (PDF)

- outlines the definitions of technical terms used in the Network.

Terms of Use (ADRN021) (PDF)

- outlines the Network’s terms of use applicable to researchers and institutional guarantors when submitting a researcher application.

Data security policies

Privacy Protection and Information Security (ADRN030) (PDF)

- outlines the Network's information security principles to support ADRN's commitment to protect the privacy and confidentiality of data subjects.

These principles inform the following Information Assurance policy documents to provide a framework for ADRN operations and practice:

Trusted Third Party Policy (ADRN031) (PDF)

Secure Environment Policy (ADRN032) (PDF)

Data Movement Policy (ADRN033) (PDF)

Data Reuse for Research Purposes Policy (ADRN034) (PDF)

All Administrative Data Research Centres will in addition have local procedures that outline how these policies are operationalised.

Page last updated: 27/07/2018