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A connected and transformational service

The Government Transformation Strategy (GTS) identifies that cross-government platforms and services are the future. The Digital Economy Act (2017) provides the long-awaited framework for data to be securely used for research whilst the ADRN provides the data security and expertise to enable this to happen. Government departments have been waiting for this unique combination of security, data expertise and legislation for many years.

The ADRN connects the capacity and capability of academia’s research teams with the analytical staff of government departments, to share knowledge, methods, and insight for public benefit.

"The ADRN gives those analysing or making decisions with data the confidence and research to innovate.  It balances the use of new data techniques with respect for privacy and ensures any research using the data provided is only ever carried out for public benefit." John Pullinger, UK National Statistician.

Each of these may apply to a specific region. A researcher might want to look at health data in Northern Ireland, for example, or Welsh crime statistics, or compare regional, with national data. ADRN expertise can help with this, with minimal impact to your current resources.

Policy priorities

The ADRN is connected to the “What Works” Centres and other users of public policy evidence.  This helps to prioritise themes and data resources needed by researchers to provide insight into the most pressing social and economic issues in society.

This world-class expertise extends across administrative data from the education, health, crime, environment, economic and welfare sectors. Partners specialise in the theory, methods and policy of securely linking records for secondary use. The combined expertise in these areas makes it possible to generate the knowledge the UK needs for effective, evidence-based decision making, and to help develop, implement and evaluate public policy and future research.

Case studies

To find out how the ADRN can help your research or government department, please get in touch.

Read the 2016 Annual Review to see what the Network has achieved so far.


Page last updated: 07/09/2017