About ADR UK

By linking together data held by different parts of government, and facilitating safe and secure access for accredited 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 three national partnerships (ADR Scotland, ADR Wales, and ADR NI), 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.

ADR Scotland ADR Wales ADR Northern Ireland ONS ADR UK Strategic Hub


ADR UK is initially a three-year investment from July 2018 to July 2021, supported by £44 million drawn from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) via the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation.

To meet the UK’s ambitions to be a world-leader in data management, the UK Government had been clear in its Industrial Strategy that we need the infrastructure to support these efforts. More than £1 billion has therefore been invested through the AI Sector Deal to equip the UK with world class digital capabilities, in which ADR UK plays a key role.

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