ADR Northern Ireland
ADR NI brings together Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
Administrative Data Research Northern Ireland (ADR NI) is a partnership between the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC NI, comprising Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University), and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), which is an accredited processor under the Digital Economy Act (DEA). Together they support the acquisition, linking and analysis of administrative data sets, developing cutting-edge research to improve knowledge, policymaking and public service delivery.
Bringing together specialists from the Queen’s University’s Centre for Public Health and the School of Management, and Ulster University’s Bamford Centre for Mental Health, with statistical experts at NISRA, and with the support of the Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSCR&D) Unit, ADR NI research speaks directly to policy imperatives under the previous Northern Ireland Assembly’s Programme for Government. Researchers from both academia and government are addressing crucial issues for Northern Ireland society, including looked after children, access to mental health and social care services, educational attainment and ageing.
The ADRC NI brings its wealth of knowledge and experience in analysing complex data sets, developing innovative research for public benefit, and a strong track record of independent stakeholder engagement. In turn, NISRA brings proven experience in curating, linking and managing large-scale data sets, employing world-class technological and methodological innovation to support researchers’ access to data sets to transform research and policymaking.
ADR NI is funded directly by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) with a dedicated portion of the total investment in ADR UK, initially from July 2018 to March 2022. To find out more about how ADR UK is funded, see About Us. Further details of the grants awarded to NISRA and Queen's University Belfast can be seen on UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)’s Gateway to Research platform.
ADR Northern Ireland Projects
The relationship between social exclusion and educational attainment
28 April 2020
This project is the first of its kind to use large-scale longitudinal data to explore the relationship between social exclusion and educational attainment for pupils in England.
Infant health and mothers’ exposure to air pollution
28 April 2020
This project investigates whether different levels of exposure to air pollution during pregnancy can affect a baby's birth weight.
The effect of air pollution on health and mortality
28 April 2020
This project will use data linkage to better understand the individual-level health costs of air pollution in Northern Ireland.
ADR Northern Ireland News
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.
ADR UK projects continue to inform UK’s Covid-19 response
19 July 2021
Administrative data research facilitated by ADR UK partners has been crucial in informing UK and devolved government responses to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Caring, compassion and support: How the lived experiences of a working carer brings data research to life
27 April 2021
Elizabeth Nelson and Ann Marie O’Neill of ADRC Northern Ireland discuss the importance of involving those with lived experience of caring in administrative data research which aims to benefit them.
ADR Northern Ireland Partners
Find out more
If you are a Northern Ireland data holder or policy maker interested in how ADR NI can help increase the utility of your data and support your decision making priorities, please get in touch with the ADR NI team.