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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Security standards

The Network operated according to the principles of the “5 Safes of Data Sharing”, which are explained by this video created by the UK Data Service.

Safe projects

The research projects must be approved by the independent Approvals Panel, who evaluate each project against these five criteria:

  • Is the project feasible?
  • Are there any relevant privacy implications?
  • Has the project been through a formal ethical review?
  • Is there potential public benefit?
  • Is there demonstrable scientific merit?

The project also has to pass ethical review, either by the academic institution the researchers are affiliated with, or by the National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee (NSDEC).

If projects would be better served using data that are available elsewhere, such as the UK Data Service or the Farr Institute, researchers will be referred to that organisation.


Page last updated: 27/07/2018