ADR Wales

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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.

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