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
Understanding the Impact of Educational Interventions Beyond Test Scores
16 March 2021
This project, being conducted by the Behavioural Insights Team and funded by ADR UK, will use linked data to establish whether programmes intended to boost children’s educational attainment also have a positive impact on other related outcomes.
Local Data Spaces: Helping Local Authorities tackle the Covid-19 pandemic
26 February 2021
ADR UK is funding an initiative to help local authorities across England harness crucial data in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The personal cost of health conditions in childhood
17 February 2021
ADR UK is funding the creation of an information governance framework for the linking of disease-specific health datasets to administrative school and university data for England and Wales.
ADR England News
Criminal Courts and Prisons Linking Dataset becomes latest research-ready output of Data First
10 May 2021
A new linking de-identified dataset is now available in the Office for National Statistics Secure Research Service for accredited researchers to apply to use.
Using local-level data to investigate Covid-19 inequalities in England
7 May 2021
CDRC researchers from UCL, the University of Leeds and the University of Liverpool discuss their work investigating local inequalities in England in relation to the impact of Covid-19 as part of the Local Data Spaces pilot project.
Covid-19 impact analysis reports for all local authorities in England are now available online
7 May 2021
A series of reports using local data to analyse the impacts of Covid-19 are now accessible for all local authorities in England as a result of the Local Data Spaces pilot project.
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.