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 Northern Ireland projects are commissioned in line with the ADR Northern Ireland Strategy, which prioritises research for public good that cuts across traditional policy boundaries.
ADR NI is funded directly by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) with a dedicated portion of the total investment in ADR UK, currently until March 2026. 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
Profiling the Irish and Ulster-Scots languages in Northern Ireland
5 August 2022
John Hughes, an ADR NI researcher working for the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), describes the findings of recently published research on knowledge of the Irish and Ulster Scots languages in Northern Ireland. This work was carried out by Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with NISRA researchers.
Involving care experienced young people in administrative data research: A mutually beneficial relationship
31 May 2022
Sarah McKenna, an ADR Northern Ireland Research Assistant at Queen’s University Belfast, discusses a recently piloted workshop, which focused on involving those with lived experience of care in administrative data research.
ADR UK’s four national partnerships publish strategies for 2022-2026
10 May 2022
ADR UK has published strategies from each of the four Administrative Data Research partnerships of the UK. These plans will support our mission to transform the way researchers access the UK’s wealth of public sector data.
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.