About ADR UK

By linking together data held by different parts of government, and facilitating safe and secure access for approved researchers to these newly joined-up and anonymised datasets, ADR UK is creating a sustainable body of knowledge about how our society and economy function – tailored to give decision makers the answers they need to solve important policy questions.

Our Partnership

ADR UK is made up of four national partnerships (ADR England, ADR Northern Ireland, ADR Scotland and ADR Wales), and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which ensures data provided by UK Government bodies is accessed by researchers in a safe and secure form with minimal risk to data holders or the public.

The partnership is coordinated by a UK-wide Strategic Hub, which also promotes the benefits of administrative data research to the public and the wider research community, engages with UK Government to secure access to data, and manages a dedicated research budget.

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ADR UK is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) investment initially from July 2018 to March 2022. The partnership is supported by £59 million drawn from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) via the ESRC, part of UK Research and Innovation. Each ADR UK partner, including the Strategic Hub, is funded directly by ESRC with a dedicated portion of the total investment. Further details of the grants awarded can be seen on UKRI’s Gateway to Research platform.

The Strategic Hub manages a dedicated fund for commissioning research using newly linked administrative data. A complete list of projects awarded grants from the ADR UK Strategic Hub Fund, for which a grant agreement has been finalised and signed, can be found on the Publications page.

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