ADR Scotland

ADR Scotland is linking administrative datasets 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, access to and understanding of policymakers in government, expertise in information governance and the application of the Digital Economy Act. 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 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 Scottish Government and the University of Edinburgh can be seen on UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)’s Gateway to Research platform.

Sharing data with ADR Scotland

ADR Scotland have developed a series of short guides to help data controllers understand how they can safely and securely share their data with ADR Scotland:

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

"Scotland is fortunate to have some of the best data in the world. Bringing this data together can help address complex social challenges and fill vital evidence gaps to systematically improve the lives of the people of Scotland, saving time, money and lives. I am very excited about the opportunity to play a key part in this UK-wide transformation programme revolutionising access to public sector data."

Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician for the Scottish Government

ADR Scotland News

ADR Scotland Partners

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