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
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.
School-level attainment gaps and the Pupil Deprivation Grant
23 April 2020
This project will consider whether there is an association between the Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) and school-level attainment gaps in Wales.
Exploring the relationship between housing and wellbeing
17 March 2020
This research explores differences in mental and subjective wellbeing across housing tenures in Wales; specifically, whether there is some intrinsic property of ‘tenure’ that impacts wellbeing.
ADR Wales News
ADR UK data access: Covid-19 update
28 May 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 UK enables vital research in response to Covid-19 crisis
15 May 2020
ADR UK partners are playing an important role in enabling vital research in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, helping to mitigate immediate effects and assess longer-term impacts on society.
Data science and linked data aiding understanding of the unfolding Covid-19 epidemic in Wales
14 May 2020
Ashley Akbari of ADR Wales discusses how the partnership is using linked data to better understand the Covid-19 epidemic in Wales and inform the development and evaluation of counter-measures.
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.