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, Data and Methods (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 national strategy Prosperity for All. Early years, housing, social care, mental health, wellbeing, skills and employment and emerging government priorities such as decarbonisation 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 is funded directly by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) with a dedicated portion of the total £44 million investment in ADR UK, for an initial three-year period from July 2018 to July 2021. To find out more about how ADR UK is funded, see About Us. Further details of the grant awarded can be seen on UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)’s Gateway to Research platform.
ADR Wales Projects
Administrative Data | Agricultural Research Collection: Enhancing productivity and the wellbeing of farmers
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 Covid-19 Response
6 July 2020
Data scientists from ADR Wales are currently undertaking a collection of rapid response projects related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Identifying the links between hearing loss and dementia
5 May 2020
This project will link new and existing health data to examine the relationship between hearing loss, hearing aid use and dementia in Wales.
ADR Wales News
ADR UK data access: Covid-19 update
26 October 2020
An update about how ADR UK's data services are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide updates here as and when circumstances change further.
ADR Wales academics secure funding from Covid-19 Rapid Response Call
26 October 2020
A team which includes a number of ADR Wales lead academics has been awarded £828,353 from the UKRI Covid-19 Rapid Response Call.
ADR UK funds innovative data research project to improve the lives and productivity of farmers across the UK
6 October 2020
ADR UK has announced a grant of almost £600,000 to harness the potential of administrative data to better understand the characteristics of farm households.
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.