ADR Wales brings together world-renowned data science experts, leading academics and specialist teams within Welsh Government to produce evidence that shapes future policy decisions in Wales. The partnership is ideally placed to maximise the utility of anonymous and secure data to shape public service delivery, which will ultimately improve the lives of people in Wales.
ADR Wales unites specialists in each field from Swansea University Medical School and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) at Cardiff University with statisticians, economists and social researchers from Welsh Government. The cutting-edge data analysis techniques and research excellence developed, along with the world-renowned SAIL Databank – which is an accredited processor under the Digital Economy Act (DEA) – allow the delivery of robust, secure and informative research.
The data linked and analysed by ADR Wales aims to address the priority areas for action in Wales, as identified in the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government. Early years, education, housing, social care, social justice, mental health, health and well-being, climate change, skills and employment, and emerging government priorities such as the impact of the pandemic will be at the centre of the partnership’s work.
ADR Wales’ work will enable Welsh Government to understand far more about the relationship between different areas of service provision – for example, the link between health and housing – and to better understand the experiences of people as they move through different services. This will in turn support the development of better integrated policy to support future generations.
ADR Wales builds on a history of using innovative methods and infrastructure to securely link and analyse anonymised data. Previous analysis has contributed to the development, monitoring and evaluation work of Welsh Government policy interventions. This includes the following reports: Fuel Poverty; the homelessness support programme Supporting People; and the early years development programme Flying Start.
ADR Wales projects are commissioned in line with the ADR Wales Strategy, which prioritises research for public good that cuts across traditional policy boundaries.
ADR Wales 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 Welsh Government and Swansea University can be seen on UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)’s Gateway to Research platform.
ADR Wales Projects
The personal cost of health conditions in childhood
17 February 2021
ADR UK is funding the creation of an information governance framework for the linking of disease-specific health datasets to administrative school and university data for England and Wales.
EU Settlement Scheme Data Linking Project
9 October 2020
The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Data Linking Project is an ADR Wales initiative born out of the need to improve the evidence base on EU citizens in Wales who are part of the EU Settlement Scheme.
Administrative Data | Agricultural Research Collection: Enhancing the prosperity and wellbeing of farm households
2 October 2020
ADR UK is working in partnership with a group of academic and government bodies to link de-identified data from across the UK to create the first UK-wide data platform focused on agriculture.
ADR Wales News
The impact and prioritisation of careers guidance in Wales
6 March 2023
ADR Wales has worked with Careers Wales to examine the effectiveness of careers guidance in supporting pupils to participate in post compulsory education and training and learn how careers guidance is prioritised among pupils.
Celebrating public engagement: Highlights from ADR Wales
14 December 2022
Lynsey Cross, Public Engagement Officer for ADR Wales partner, the SAIL Databank, discusses public engagement work from ADR Wales to mark one year since the publication of the ADR UK Public Engagement Strategy.
A new report provides recommendations on the better use of data to inform careers guidance in Wales
13 October 2022
A recent report published by Welsh Government highlights the benefits and limitations of enhanced data utilisation to deliver careers services in Wales.
ADR Wales Partners
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If you are a Welsh data holder or policy maker interested in how ADR Wales can help increase the utility of your data and support your decision making priorities, please get in touch with the ADR Wales team.