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Data Points

The promise and potential of using administrative data in social research to transform the lives of people in the UK and around the world is huge. 

But the use of routinely collected data brings both opportunities and challenges. In this podcast, we interview administrative data experts about their work to access and work with data to address many of today’s major social issues. 

In interviews of no more than 15 minutes we talk to those championing the use of the data and the researchers using it in important and impactful research.

Poor mental health: can Administrative Data help us measure it more accurately?

Aideen Maguire from Queens University, Belfast explains how linking Administrative Data could help develop a clearer picture of poor mental health in communities and countries. She explains how her research is attempting to develop a new way of measuring poor mental health in Northern Ireland, which has the largest proportions of people with poor mental health in the UK.

The flip side of the coin

Kerina Jones from the University of Swansea Medical School explains how the non-use of health data rather than its misuse could be partly responsible for thousands of deaths and cost society billions. She outlines her research into the harms of data non-use and calls for the socially responsible reuse of data to become the norm to save lives and resources.

End of life care for cancer patients

Iain Atherton from Edinburgh Napier University and Deputy Director of ADRC-Scotland explains how linking Administrative Data is painting a more accurate picture of who is caring for people dying from cancer in their final days. He talks about how his research will provide evidence to help develop health and social care services in hospitals and in homes.

Return to further education

Peter Urwin from the University of Westminster explains how research using Administrative Data provides a truer picture of the benefits of Further Education qualifications to young people as they move into the world of work.

What the Digital Economy Act will do for Administrative Data?

Melanie Wright, Director of the Administrative Data Service discusses her views on the Digital Economy Bill on the lead up to it becoming legislation.

Helping children in care

Louise McGrath Lone from the Administrative Research Centre for England and the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London talks about her PhD research using Department for Education data to provide important new evidence on the lived experiences of children in care.

Helping the homeless into homes

Dennis Culhane, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and co-Director of the Intelligence for Social Policy initiative explains how linking data in the United States has helped homeless people with mental health problems off the street and into homes and reduced the burden on health and social care services.


Page last updated: 10/07/2017