The Administrative Data Research Network was an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 to 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, which was launched at the end of 2018.

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This archival website reflects the state of play at the end of the project in July 2018. All content has been frozen and may not be up to date.

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Mothers in employment in Northern Ireland: Source of variation

Aim: To investigate which individual, household and area factors are associated with maternal employment

Prevalence and variation in antidepressant prescribing across Northern Ireland: a longitudinal administrative data linkage study for targeted support.

Aim:   This project aims to create a map detailing the socioeconomic landscape of antidepressant prescribing across Northern Ireland.


A pilot ADRC-NI project linking Social Security Benefits to understand the health and social needs of disability benefit claimants

Aim: To link disability related benefits data to Census data to better understand the health, mental health and social needs of disability related benefit claimants


An exploratory analysis of factors associated with decreased representation in higher education

Aims: To identify the most important among thirteen diverse factors that potentially influence representation in higher edication, specifically considering the transition from secondary education.

This research was completed and findings have been published.


Me-D-Links: metformin for diabetes in pregnancy – an analysis of health and education outcomes using linked administrative data

Aims: To assess whether metformin affects the growth or long-term development of children exposed to it in the womb.


Social factors influencing uptake of free eye examinations in Northern Ireland

Aims: To investigate the influences of a range of social factors – along with indicators of health, living arrangements and area of residence – on uptake of free eye examinations among the over 60s in Northern Ireland.


Learning disability and Northern Ireland: Achieving proportionate universalism through administrative data research

Aims: To establish an administrative data evidence base to build future research, facilitate future data sharing, and reduce the health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities across Northern Ireland.


Past and current same sex couples in Northern Ireland: an exploratory analysis

Aims: To establish a comprehensive profile of those living or having lived in a same sex relationship in Northern Ireland.


Seeing the whole picture: A holistic analysis of the profile of pupils with special educational needs in Northern Ireland

Aims: To explore the relationship between the educational profiles of pupils with special educational needs and the wider circumstances of their lives


Social factors influencing glaucoma treatment persistence in the Northern Ireland population

Aims: To investigate the influence of patient characteristics and especially social context (family structure, deprivation etc.) on persisting with glaucoma treatment.


A project linking childhood chronic diseases and end-of-school educational attainment

Aims: To gain insight into the educational attainment of children with chronic diseases in Northern Ireland.


Is exposure to airport noise associated with poor mental health in residents living close to the Belfast City Airport?

Aims: To determine if levels of aircraft noise are associated with poor self-reported mental or physical health.


Key predictors of educational attainment in Northern Ireland

Aims: To use linked administrative data to build a richer picture of the complex pathways through which different young people come to achieve different levels of academic and educational attainment


Self-rated mental health or medication record? Which best predicts suicide in Northern Ireland

Aims: To identify the most accurate indicator of poor mental health available in order to profile those at risk and to further explore the factors associated with both poor and good mental health.

Peace Walls in Northern Ireland: developing baseline indicators

Aims: To produce a report highlighting the socio-demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the areas near the peace walls, and compare them with less deprived areas, adding to the debate on social inequalities.


Insights from assessing data quality and under-coverage in administrative sources

Aim: To assess the accuracy of address information in administrative data sources such as the HCRS to ensure that the official statistics they inform are reliable


Sociodemographic characteristics, educational attainment and self-reported health status of farmers in Northern Ireland

Aim: To improve the lives of rural dwellers including farmers and farming households as well as the overall level of expertise and education among the farming population, and in particular farmers’ IT literacy and ability to access online business-related tools


Using Data Linkage to obtain accurate population estimates of migrants in Northern Ireland and their needs for and use of mental health and social care

Aim: To assess the strengths and caveats of different data sources in accurately identifying and quantifying migrants and their characteristics, and to identify migrants’ use and need for mental health care services.

Page last updated: 26/07/2018