ADR England is a portfolio of data linking and research projects, delivered by an array of academic and government partners to provide policy-relevant insights using data held by UK Government departments and public bodies.
The geographic scope of ADR England projects varies depending on the data holder, but is typically England-only, England and Wales, Great Britain or UK-wide. ADR England also provides a home for projects analysing data within or across English regions and local authorities.
Research partners delivering projects within the ADR England portfolio so far include UCL, the University of the West of England, the University of Liverpool, and more. Data holders include the Ministry of Justice, Department for Education, NHS Digital, and more.
Data for ADR England projects is accessed by accredited researchers via the Office for National Statistics’ Secure Research Service. With the roll out of remote data access infrastructure, including the SafePod Network and Assured Organisational Connectivity, ADR England researchers can be based throughout both England and the rest of the UK.
ADR England formalises the model of working with UK Government departments and public bodies successfully developed during the ADR UK pilot phase (2018-21), and is being delivered as part of the current phase of the ADR UK programme alongside the established ADR Wales, ADR Scotland and ADR Northern Ireland.
The ADR England portfolio is commissioned and managed by the ADR UK Strategic Hub team embedded within ADR UK’s funder, the Economic and Social Research Council. Projects are commissioned in line with the ADR England Strategy, which prioritises research for public good that cuts across traditional policy boundaries.
ADR England projects currently total over £6 million of investment, and are funded directly from ADR UK’s Strategic Research Fund, administered by the ADR UK Strategic Hub. To find out more about how ADR UK is funded, see About Us. Further details of individual ADR England project grants can be found on UK Research and Innovation’s Gateway to Research platform.
ADR England Projects
Improving data sharing and access with synthetic data
23 September 2021
This project, led by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and funded by ADR UK, is exploring whether and how synthetic data could aid cross-government data sharing for research.
ADR UK Research Fellows: Methodological developments within administrative data research
9 August 2021
ADR UK is funding three research teams as part of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Methods Development Grants.
ADR UK Research Fellows: The first users of the Data First magistrates’ and Crown Court datasets
30 June 2021
ADR UK is funding four Research Fellows for seven to 12 months to conduct analysis using the Data First magistrates’ or Crown Court linked datasets, or a linking dataset enabling analysis of relationships between the two. Both datasets contain case and defendant level data on criminal court use between 2011 and 2020.
ADR England News
Linking education and hospital data in England: new publication demonstrates ECHILD linkage process and quality
22 September 2021
Last week saw a new publication from the ECHILD team, with ‘Linking education and hospital data in England: linkage process and quality’ published in the International Journal of Population Data Science.
ADR UK secures £90 million funding extension as Government plans better use of data
9 September 2021
The administrative data initiative that transforms researchers’ access to the UK’s wealth of public sector data to help solve social and economic issues will continue for a further five years.
How can data linking support the delivery of a new agricultural policy in England? A Defra perspective
2 September 2021
Dave Fernall, statistician in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Farming Statistics team and lead for the AD|ARC project in England, shares his personal views on how the project supports Defra’s agricultural policies.
Expressions of Interest
Data holders and researchers who would like to express an interest in funding for new ‘research-ready’ data linkage projects as part of ADR England can do so via our funding opportunities page. Data holders and researchers who would like to express an interest in funding for new ‘research-ready’ data linkage projects as part of ADR England can do so via our funding opportunities page.