ADR Scotland

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

The partners

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 has 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, by visiting Research Data Scotland, or in the SCADR Researcher Handbook.

The Strategy

ADR Scotland’s Strategy 2022 – 2026 highlights their goals to enhance the administrative data landscape in Scotland by improving data quality and access, building capacity and creating more sustainable data assets. This will collectively enable research to benefit the Scottish population and address major policy and social challenges.

Visit the ADR Scotland Strategy

How is it funded?

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

ADR Scotland datasets

The ADR UK data catalogue makes it easier to discover the growing collection of administrative datasets available for public-good research. Browse datasets from ADR Scotland.

Explore the datasets available

ADR Scotland partners