The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN), launched in 2013 and funded by the ESRC, is coming to the end of its five-year funding period.
The ESRC’s strategic commitment to making administrative data available for research continues and we are developing plans for a future provision for accessing and conducting research using administrative data in the UK. In the short term, we will be making some changes to the current ADRN. The Administrative Data Research Centres in the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are expected to have a role in the planned new phase of investment, which will come into effect later in 2018. All four of the Administrative Data Research Centres and the Administrative Data Service will be involved in the transition to the new service being developed. Further information will follow. 

In the meantime, the work of the ADRN will continue. 

The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) is a UK-wide partnership between universities, government departments and agencies, national statistics authorities, the third sector, funders and researchers.

ADRN consists of the Administrative Data Service which coordinates four Administrative Data Research Centres, all at different locations across the UK:

We help accredited researchers carry out social and economic research using linked, de-identified administrative data – information which is routinely collected by government organisations.

We make sure any information which directly identifies people (such as names and addresses) is removed from the data before any research is done.

An Approvals Panel examines every research proposal thoroughly. Once they give their approval, the data custodian has to agree to share its data before the research can go ahead.

We provide a secure environment for the researcher to work in. They can’t take any data out of this safe setting, and our staff will scrutinise their results before publication to make sure they are relevant to the project and don’t disclose any information about individuals.