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 is a selection of projects that have been approved by the Network’s Approvals Panel. Summaries are added regularly. Find out more information on each project by clicking on the title. 


Examining the link between neighbourhood deprivation and an individual measure of socio-economic circumstances for Looked After Children in the Pupil Census

Aims: To explore the association between neighbourhood measures of deprivation and individual measures of socio-economic circumstances, to examine how well the neighbourhood measure may act as a proxy


Predictors of mental ill-health and its determinants in mothers caring for a son or daughter with intellectual disabilities at different stages of the caregiving trajectory including post caregiving

Aims: To investigate the prevalence and determinants of mental ill-health in mothers caring for a son or daughter with intellectual disabilities (also known as ‘learning disabilities’), both overall and at different stages of the caregiving trajectory, including post caregiving.

Cumbernauld, Aereal view

The impact of social mobility and migration to new towns on health inequalities in Glasgow

Aims: To examine the impact of migration and social mobility on health in Glasgow

Glenrothes, Aereal view

Migration to Scottish new towns and the impact on premature mortality in Glasgow

Aims: To examine the impact of migration to new towns on premature mortality in Glasgow.


Examining the potential impact of the seizure and investigation of illegal drug consignments on local communities

Aims: To understand the impact on local communities of disruptions to the drugs market in Scotland.


Trends and sociodemographic patterning of active commuting: analysis of the 2001 and 2011 waves of Scottish census

Aims: To examine levels of active commuting (walking or cycling to work or study) and determine to what extent levels have changed between 2001 and 2011.  Additionally to understand whether any changes are linked to health inequalities.

Economic change and internal population dynamics: an innovative study of new residential mobilities in Scotland

Aims: To understand how economic uncertainty has affected people’s migration patterns within Scotland.


Pilot of the HAGIS project (Healthy Ageing in Scotland)

Aims:  To develop a picture of what life is like for those aged 50 years and over in Scotland, which may help to bring about policies that more effectively provide for the needs of the elderly population.


Informal care in the last days of life: a data linkage study

Aims: To better understand the household structure of people shortly before death, and how much informal care they get as a result.


Longitudinal examination of educational attainment throughout the school lifecourse in Aberdeen: Inequality at the starting gate and beyond

Aims: To examine socio-economic inequalities when children enter school in Aberdeen, how this inequality has changed since 1997, and the extent to which it changes during children’s school careers.


The wider impacts of benefit sanctions: educational attendance, behaviour and attainment

Aims: To examine whether benefit sanctions lead to a deterioration in children’s attendance at school, their behaviour while they are there, and their attainment in exams.


An investigation of maternal mental health and filial educational attainment in Scotland

Aims: To improve understanding of the impact of mental illness within families, particularly how depression and anxiety of mothers affects their children.


Placement stability of children in out of home care in Scotland: A sequence analysis

Aims: To understand the impact of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007, see how the stability of children’s placements in care have changed, and look at the impact on their education

Supporting Older People into Employment (SOPIE): Identifying factors influencing return to work in the over 50s – linkage of DWP data to health data.

Aim: To investigate the potential health impacts of engaging with the Work Programme and RTW. Analysis will provide an indication of major health problems that have affected the cohort and a means of examining the longer term impact of RTW or failure to RTW on health. 

Selective schooling and long-term health

Aim: In this project, we will test whether longer education leads to better health. 

What factors influence the transitions and trajectories of school leavers in Scotland?

Aim: This research focuses on the transition of school-leavers in Scotland. It uses the Scottish School Leavers Survey and the Pupil Census to understand the variability in school-leaver ‘destinations’ (training, employment, education for example).

Understanding the interplay of geography and demographic characteristics in the diagnosis of six-common cancers: The NASCAR-CENSUS project


[1] To link the existing Northeast and Aberdeen Scottish Cancer and Residence (NASCAR) cohort to relevant census data.

[2] To analyses the newly-linked data set to understand how geography and demographic characteristics together influence the diagnostic and treatment pathway for six common cancers in Northeast Scotland.

Childhood cognitive function and use of long-term care across the life course: Linking the Scottish Mental Survey 1947 to healthcare and administrative data

Aim: To investigate the association between early-life factors (age-11 cognitive ability and socioeconomic status) and the risk of entry into long-term care.

Social Care Workforce in an ageing Scotland: A secondary analysis of the national carer registration data

Aim: To examine social care worker turnover, including exit attrition, transition between sectors, as well as service area (e.g. adult day care, care homes for adults, day care of children etc.) transfer. 

Developing a national learning health system for asthma to reduce the risk of asthma attacks, hospitalisations and deaths using socioeconomic and environmental data (Learning Health System for Asthma)

The aims of this project are:

  • to explore reasons for variations in asthma outcomes
  • to help general practitioners to benchmark practices and highlight (/ explain) any variations in clinical practice.

Intergenerational Mobility in Economic and Health outcomes

The aim of this project is threefold:

  1. Estimate how much intergenerational mobility there is in Scotland and examine its evolution across age cohorts using the novel methodology we have used for studying this question in Catalonia and Italy (see Guell, Rodriguez Mora and Telmer 2014 and Guell, Pellizzari, Pica and Rodriguez Mora, 2016).
  2. An important aspect of mobility is its relationship with assortative mating. Thus, we also want to estimate how much assortative mating there is in Scotland and its evolution across age cohorts.

We can also apply the methods mentioned above to provide some new evidence on the intergenerational persistence of health related outcomes.

Morbidity and mortality among people experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage: a cohort study using cross-sectoral data linkage


  1. describe the prevalence, patterning, and demographic associations of SMD in Scotland;
  2. investigate the association between SMD and subsequent risk of morbidity and mortality;
  3. investigate how the association between SMD and health outcomes may vary with other intersecting characteristics such as age and gender;
  4. quantify secondary health care costs associated with SMD.

Predictors of mental ill-health and its determinants in fathers caring for a son or daughter with intellectual disabilities: secondary data analysis and data linkage of administrative and health records in Scotland.

Aims: To investigate the prevalence and determinants of mental ill-health in fathers caring for a son or daughter with intellectual disabilities.

Criminal Careers and the Crime Drop in Scotland: 1989-2015

Aim: Examine the change in convictions patterns in Scotland over the course of the recent ‘crime drop’.

Rehabilitation, Employment and Re-Offending

Aims: This study will shed light on the effect of rehabilitation on employability and crime in general, and the effects of the 2014 ROA amendment in particular. 

Ethnic inequalities in health at older ages in Scotland

Aim: Explore how subjective measures of health (self-reported health indicators) are associated with objective measures of health (mortality, multi-morbidity) across ethnic groups and how the minorities’ health advantage or disadvantage depends on the health indicator used. 

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