ADR Scotland

ADR Scotland is helping to make administrative datasets more readily linkable and conducting research on a suite of critical issues in Scotland, from health and social care to lifelong wellbeing, and from poverty and fair work to building safer communities.

The Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) – hosted by the University of Edinburgh but involving academic researchers from across Scotland – brings many years of experience in understanding administrative data sets and their analysis, a track-record of methodological innovation, and a strong independent stakeholder network.

The Scottish Government brings proven experience in managing data-sharing and linkage projects, as well as access to and understanding of policymakers in government, and expertise in information governance. It is committed to taking forward a programme of work to develop a new infrastructure to support administrative data research.

You can find out more about how to access data in Scotland on the Trusted Research Environments page and in the SCADR Researcher Handbook.

ADR Scotland projects are commissioned in line with the ADR Scotland Strategy, which uses administrative data to focus on research that brings public benefit which responds to policy priorities in Scotland.

ADR Scotland 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 Scottish Government and the University of Edinburgh can be seen on UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)’s Gateway to Research platform.

Working with ADR Scotland

ADR Scotland have developed a series of short guides to help data controllers understand how they can safely and securely have their data used as part of the ADR Scotland programme of research:

  1. An introduction to ADR Scotland
  2. An introduction to ADR Scotland (visual)
  3. The benefits of working with ADR Scotland
  4. How ADR Scotland handles data safely and securely

"Scotland has some of the best data in the world. By linking data together we can help address complex social and environmental challenges and fill vital evidence gaps for policy and decision makers. In this investment period, I am excited to continue our programme of work revolutionising access to public sector data and conducting research to systematically improve the lives of the people of Scotland.”

Ally McAlpine, Chief Statistician for the Scottish Government (interim)

ADR Scotland News

ADR Scotland Partners

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