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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - 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, to be launched later in 2018.

Understand data: research skills and training

The ADRN provides training and expertise to support the research community across academia, government departments and agencies to use administrative data more effectively for their research.  It brings international best practice and guidance in research methods, data policies, ethics, procedures and safety.

The Administrative Data Taskforce identified the need for a single, UK-wide research training and approvals process for researchers, built on best practice. The ADRN have consequently developed one.  All researchers that apply to use the ADRN must complete approved SURE training before gaining access to any secure data. This is one of the ways the Network ensures data privacy and security are adhered to at all times and improves the knowledge and skills of researchers across the UK. 

The ADRN hosts a research conference in the UK every Spring, for researchers and policy makers working with administrative data.


The Network has experts across all aspects of using data for research, including data de-identification, data linkage, legal issues for the ADRN researcher and public engagement. They have collaborated to create guides to help researchers use data more effectively.

ADRN Working Papers

The ADRN is setting up a Working Paper Series for any technical, procedural or research-focused papers that are relevant to the work of the ADRN. The series will be edited by Mark Elliot and Elaine Mackay of the Administrative Data Service.

SURE training

This training course is designed to help you understand the sensitivities around using administrative data, how to handle sensitive data safely, lawfully and responsibly.

Courses, seminars and workshops

The ADRN organises several courses, seminars and workshops every year.


The ADRN blog is a space to share op-eds, personal experiences and views on research.


Read our quarterly training newsletters, the six-monthly Network or our Annual Reviews.

Page last updated: 22/06/2017