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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Public engagement

The Administrative Data Research Network makes it possible for trained researchers to use administrative data for social and economic research, while making sure the data remains safe and everyone’s privacy is protected. Public engagement is part of our ethos of transparency and ensures that wider public audiences are aware of the work carried out by the ADRN and the benefits it can provide.  Our public engagement work also includes supporting and enabling researchers to carry out their own effective public engagement around their research areas.

The following pages highlight some of the Network engagement activities with different public audiences across the UK.

The Network is structured in five parts, the Administrative Data Service, led by the University of Essex, which coordinates the Network, and four administrative data research centres, one for each of the countries of the UK:

Public engagement across the Network

Find out about the Administrative Data Research Network, the kind of activities ADRN organises and the opportunities to get involved.

Activities and events

The ADRN understands how important it is to listen to and engage with members of the public about the different areas of work the Network carries out.

Supporting research with public engagement

The ADRN appreciate the need for public engagement. We also understand that researchers need support and assistance to undertake public engagement.

Public engagement research

The ADRN understands that public perception and attitudes change and new questions may need to be taken to publics for discussion; to that end researchers are undertaking research with publics across the network.


The ADRN uses specialist language. All these terms are defined in this list.

Page last updated: 25/07/2018