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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Standards and governance

Legal framework

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

We are currently putting together legal advice for researchers, who have to be accredited and trained to use data safely and lawfully before they can access any data.

In the meantime, the links on the left give more about the various laws that govern research administrative data.

We also have guides on:

This section in no way attempts to be definitive in its guidance, and the information is not intended to be legal advice. 


Page last updated: 30/07/2018