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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - 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, to be launched later in 2018.

Case studies

New research from the ADRN highlights how administrative data can support government policies and measure impact more effectively.

Benefits that work

The UK spends billions of pounds every year on tax credits to support working families and tackle poverty. But do these benefits work? Research using linked data from two UK government departments has looked at benefits aimed at helping lone parents into work and has found that they do. The work has also provided policymakers with evidence on how best to encourage people to stay in work, and progress.

EU students and Brexit: will we lose best and brightest

Research using administrative data, which tracks millions of graduates into work, suggests universities and businesses could lose some of brightest and most highly skilled graduates, which would present a serious blow to the UK workforce and economy.

Helping children in care fulfil their potential

Research analysing and linking two sets of Department of Education data is revealing clear, meaningful evidence on the lived experiences of children in care: how common it is, which children are more likely to return to care within five years, and the ways in which that affects how well they do at school.

Evaluating the impacts of Welsh Government funded schemes designed to improve the energy efficiency

The project aims to use existing data to evaluate Welsh Government-funded schemes to improve energy efficiency in the homes of low income households. It will help the Welsh Government to understand the impact of fuel poverty on people’s health and to evaluate the strategy to reduce the number of people living in fuel poverty in Wales, with a view to shaping future policy.

Actionable intelligence: tackling homelessness in the US

Over a two-year period, Los Angeles County in the US witnessed a 12 per cent rise in the homeless population. A “humanitarian crisis” was declared and the cost of homelessness put at $1 billion. Research linking data from six social services agencies provided a clear picture of homelessness and was used, with public support, to draw up a $2 billion dollar programme to build 10,000 houses for homeless people with mental health problems.

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

Understanding the factors that influence representation in higher education is of considerable public interest against a policy background in which widening participation within underrepresented groups is a key aim.

Quality data and saving money

People are less keen than ever to take part in social surveys these days. They may simply decline to be involved in the first place or they may drop out after taking part once or more. For large-scale household and cohort studies looking to collect data not just once but repeatedly over time from thousands of people, this is a major logistical, practical and financial headache.

More featured research

Explore the research projects currently being carried out by the Administrative Data Research Network and its partners.

Page last updated: 06/09/2017