The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN), launched in 2013 and funded by the ESRC, has come to the end of its five-year funding period. It has been replaced by Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK).
The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) was a UK-wide partnership between universities, government departments and agencies, national statistics authorities, the third sector, funders and researchers.
ADRN consisted of a network including the Administrative Data Research Centres, for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The network helped accredited researchers carry out social and economic research using linked, de-identified administrative data – information which is routinely collected by government organisations.
ADRN made sure any information which directly identified people (such as names and addresses) was removed from the data before any research was done.
An Approvals Panel examined every research proposal thoroughly. Once given approval, the data custodian had to agree to share its data before the research could go ahead.
ADRN provided a secure environment for the researcher to work in. They could not take any data out of the safe setting, and staff scrutinised their results before publication to make sure they were relevant to the project and didn't disclose any information about individuals.
To find out more about ADRN’s successor, please visit the ADR UK website.