Key developments across the partnership

Each ADR UK partner works closely with expert researchers from academic institutions and other research bodies, as well as government data holders and policymakers, to support research that fills key evidence gaps and informs policy and practice. This helps to connect academia and government, ensuring that insights from administrative data research can be used to improve society.  

This year has seen ADR UK realising many ambitions, as work has continued across the partnership to achieve our shared mission. From facilitating access to new datasets, to building research capability around them, we’re working to maximise the value of administrative data for public good research. This effort has been supported by two strategic publications this year: the legal framework for accessing data for research purposes and our interim position statement on synthetic data.  

Cross-sector engagement is key to our success

Following the success of last year’s International Population Data Linkage Network Conference, cross-sector engagement has continued to be a priority for ADR UK, with preparations well underway for the ADR UK Conference 2023. In November, we hosted a showcase for ADR UK Ambassadors, to share projects underway and promote advocacy around the need for administrative data linkage and research.

ADR UK Research Fellows also featured in a guest slot in the ONS Research Excellence Series, opening new avenues for engagement and collaboration. And in July, we hosted a symposium for researchers and other stakeholders, featuring research from across the partnership on the theme of health and wellbeing. This highlighted the value of linked administrative data for policy-relevant insights to a new audience.  

A new data catalogue makes it easier to find and access data

An important way we have promoted our linked datasets this year is through the launch of the ADR UK Data Catalogue. This provides a directory of datasets available across the partnership for public good research. Users can explore key details such as coverage, size and supporting documentation, to determine whether datasets align with their research priorities and whether comparable datasets are available in other UK nations. As part of promoting our data, we have developed the concept of ADR UK flagship datasets, which all have particularly wide appeal and significant research value, because of the linked (or linkable) data they contain. These are now featured on our website.   

Developing the next generation of researchers with PhD studentships

To further increase research uptake of these linked datasets, this year ADR UK has continued to progress our training and capacity building strategy. In December, we announced 20 PhD studentship opportunities for projects using ADR UK flagship datasets. This landmark funding promotes the use of administrative data from post-graduate level, while also developing research capacity in priority areas. To support this expansion, we have carried out roadshow events across the UK in partnership with the UK Statistics Authority, to raise awareness of the wealth of administrative datasets available for public good research.   

Finally, the launch of our new online learning hub provides a platform for researchers to find training and resources to support their skills development. In this way, ADR UK has continued to build the capability needed to maximise the use of administrative data for research for the public good.    

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