The UK governments are some of the most digitally advanced in the world. Data they hold are now more complete, usable, better understood, and therefore more valuable to decision-making than ever before. Safely transforming sensitive information into anonymised datasets for research projects is a difficult task that needs the contribution of many experienced and well-resourced experts working together. The ADRN provides everything needed by a public authority or government department to enable this.
Read how the ADRN can support data providers to make better use of administrative data to enable evidence-based policy development.
The ADRN connects the capacity and capability of academia’s social and economic research teams with the analytical staff of government departments to share knowledge, methods, and insight for public benefit.
The Network negotiates with data providers across government departments to get data for researchers both inside and outside government. It also advises governments and other organisations across the world on best practice around securely collating, managing, maintaining and using administrative data for research.
Administrative data collections are a valuable and currently under-used resource. Because they already exist, there are no hidden costs in providing the information. In some cases, these data resources have been collected in the same way over many years, so researchers across government departments and academia can compare the same data over time to uncover trends.
The research made possible by the ADRN can help to address social and economic challenges across the UK now and in the future. The Network enables researchers to analyse patterns and behaviours, not individuals. In this way it has the potential to enable government to improve services and care across all government departments, and can even save lives.
Scientifically sound and ethically robust research is essential for protecting and improving public services. The Network’s legal expertise provides guidance on data protection law, research governance and ethics.
This new legislation will help the UK use data for research effectively, safely and securely. It enables the transformation of information held by government departments into an immensely valuable resource of anonymised datasets for research purposes.
The Featured Research pages showcase ADRN research and independent case studies of work that is already helping to get homeless people off the streets, understand the impacts of Brexit on the economy and help children in care do better at school and in life.
Read more about the legal framework, the ADRN security standards, the eligibility criteria, privacy protection and the ADRN policies and procedures