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 research

The Administrative Data Taskforce was responsible for making the recommendations to establish the Administrative Data Research Network. They highlighted the need for robust communication and awareness raising but also the need for public dialogue and debate and the engagement of publics in our research and activities.

As part of the work that went into establishing the centres, our funders, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and IPSOS Mori ran a series of data dialogues to understand the public perceptions and attitudes about the use of administrative data for research. 

Dialogue on Data (Ipsos Mori) (2773Kb)

Dialogue on Data - Methodological annexe (Ipsos Mori) (3487Kb)

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.

Northern Ireland's Life and Times Survey (NILTS)

In Northern Ireland, Professor Gillian Robinson and Professor Helen Dolk have led a research project ‘Public attitudes to data sharing in Northern Ireland’ using the Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) survey.

Public attitudes in Wales

ADRC Wales has developed a public opinion poll. The purpose of the study is to gauge the general public's opinion about the use of anonymised data for medical research.

Research with publics in Scotland

ADRC-Scotland’s Public Engagement Lead, Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley, published a systematic review on public views of data linkages (with a focus on health data).

Page last updated: 27/07/2018