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.

Visit the Administrative Data Research Partnership for further information. 

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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Data Points Podcasts

The promise and potential of using administrative data in social research to transform the lives of people in the UK and around the world is huge. 

But the use of routinely collected data brings both opportunities and challenges. In this podcast, we interview administrative data experts about their work to access and work with data to address many of today’s major social issues. 

In interviews of no more than 15 minutes we talk to those championing the use of the data and the researchers using it in important and impactful research.

Taking medication for diabetes during pregnancy

Joanne Given from Ulster University explains how she is using linked administrative data to examine the effects of the drug Metformin on pregnant women and their babies

Back to school

Ben Matthews from the University of Edinburgh discusses his research linking administrative and charity data to see if cash grants are an effective incentive to get children from low income families to attend school.

Migrants and healthcare in Northern Ireland

Anne Kouvonen from Queens University, Belfast discusses her research linking Administrative Data to try to gain a more accurate picture of the changing migrant population in Northern Ireland.

Crime and hospital admissions

Sarah Rodgers from Swansea University Medical School discusses her research linking Administrative Data to try see if the number of alcohol-related crimes and injuries in a community is linked with the number of alcohol outlets in the area.

Using and linking people’s data for research: what do we think about it?

Carol Porteous from the University of Edinburgh discusses her research into what different groups and individuals think about using personal anonymised data for research for the public good.

Poor mental health: can Administrative Data help us measure it more accurately?

Aideen Maguire from Queens University, Belfast explains how linking Administrative Data could help develop a clearer picture of poor mental health in communities and countries. She explains how her research is attempting to develop a new way of measuring poor mental health in Northern Ireland, which has the largest proportions of people with poor mental health in the UK.

The flip side of the coin

Kerina Jones from the University of Swansea Medical School explains how the non-use of health data rather than its misuse could be partly responsible for thousands of deaths and cost society billions. She outlines her research into the harms of data non-use and calls for the socially responsible reuse of data to become the norm to save lives and resources.

End of life care for cancer patients

Iain Atherton from Edinburgh Napier University and Deputy Director of ADRC-Scotland explains how linking Administrative Data is painting a more accurate picture of who is caring for people dying from cancer in their final days. He talks about how his research will provide evidence to help develop health and social care services in hospitals and in homes.

Return to further education

Peter Urwin from the University of Westminster explains how research using Administrative Data provides a truer picture of the benefits of Further Education qualifications to young people as they move into the world of work.

What the Digital Economy Act will do for Administrative Data?

Melanie Wright, Director of the Administrative Data Service discusses her views on the Digital Economy Bill on the lead up to it becoming legislation.

Helping children in care

Louise McGrath Lone from the Administrative Research Centre for England and the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London talks about her PhD research using Department for Education data to provide important new evidence on the lived experiences of children in care.

Helping the homeless into homes

Dennis Culhane, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and co-Director of the Intelligence for Social Policy initiative explains how linking data in the United States has helped homeless people with mental health problems off the street and into homes and reduced the burden on health and social care services.

Page last updated: 30/07/2018