Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) is a partnership of government and academic groups, including:
- ADR England
- ADR Northern Ireland
- ADR Scotland
- ADR Wales
- the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The partnership is coordinated by a UK-wide strategic hub within ESRC.
ADR UK is directed by Dr Emma Gordon.
ADR UK’s work
ADR UK is creating linked research datasets from administrative sources, making these available to researchers through our network of trusted research environments.
Administrative data is created when people interact with public services that keep records to carry out their day-to-day work. Although not originally created for research, this data has great potential to provide insights to help policymakers and others make better informed decisions.
The ONS is ADR UK’s major data infrastructure partner. ADR UK directly funds the development and expansion of the ONS Secure Research Service. They also fund trusted research environments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, respectively run by:
ADR UK works:
- with expert researchers from academic institutions and other research bodies to utilise administrative data and produce valuable insights into UK society
- closely with both UK government departments and the devolved administrations to create opportunities for its research projects to answer their questions and directly inform and influence policy.
To help answer the most pressing policy questions that UK society faces, ADR UK has designed a set of research themes aligned with:
- departmental areas of research interest
- the stated priority research interests of the devolved administrations.
ADR UK’s eight core strategic research themes are:
- housing and communities
- health and wellbeing
- children and young people
- world of work
- growing old
- inequality and social inclusion
- climate and sustainability
- crime and justice.