What we do
The Administrative Data Research Network helped trained social and economic researchers access linked, de-identified administrative data in a secure environment.
Economic and social research improves our knowledge and understanding of the society we live in. It provides a sound base for policy makers to decide how to tackle a range of complex social, economic, environmental and health issues. This is what we mean by ‘better knowledge, better society’.
How the process worked
- of high scientific merit
- of potential benefit to society
We trained researchers carefully before they could use de-identified data safely, legally and responsibly. The Network started negotiating with the data custodians – such as government organisations that hold the data – for permission to use and possibly link the requested data.
The researchers analysed the linked, de-identified data in a secure environment under the guidance of Network staff, who made sure the data couldn't leave the secure environment.
Before a researcher could remove their final results from the secure environment, our staff rigorously checked that their findings:
- were relevant to the approved research project
- did not contain directly identifying personal information that would allow any person (or institution) to be identified
Finally, researchers gave the Network a summary of their research in plain English, and made their results available to the public and the relevant data custodians.