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ADRN Conference 2017

Edinburgh, 1-2 June

The 2017 Conference was very successful, with over 120 submitted abstracts and over 250 attendees.

The conference was organised in association with CALLS-HUB.

For more details and access to the presentation files, please visit our conference website.


David Yokum is the Director of The Lab @ DC and Senior Policy Advisor for the Government of the District of Columbia.

Johann Mackenbach is Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Public Health at Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, and Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Julia Lane is Professor in the Wagner School of Public Policy at New York University, Provostial Fellow in Innovation Analytics and Professor in the Center for Urban Science and Policy.

Round table

There was a roundtable from the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation (CC-ME) – part of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) for the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The CC-ME aims to enhance the EU policy process through post causal evaluation and data-driven analysis. 

Conference themes

The Substantive Value of Administrative Data Research

  • Substantive studies demonstrating the range of research benefits that result from administrative data use including studies that use linked data across multiple domains (e.g. housing, education, welfare, health, crime, census) to answer complex questions

Methodological Challenges and Innovations

  • Research utilising or developing cutting edge methodology including quasi experimental design approaches, regression discontinuity, sibling studies, and instrumental variables

The Law, Ethics, Public Acceptability of Using Administrative Data for Research

  • Wide spread, at scale, use of administrative data for research purposes raising complex ethical, legal, privacy and public acceptability questions

Technical Aspects of Administrative Data Processing

  • Use of technologies which enable the processing of administrative data such as Data Linkage, Natural language Processing and Machine learning​

Specialist sessions sponsored by CALLS-HUB

  • Mortality and health inequalities – international perspectives using longitudinal census studies and population register data
  • ​Migration - international perspectives using longitudinal census studies and population register data

Check the videos of the sessions


2017 conference programme (1903Kb)

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