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 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 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
ADR UK responds to the Information Commissioner’s Office call for views: Anonymisation, pseudonymisation and privacy enhancing technologies guidance
3 December 2021
The ADR UK partnership has responded to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ‘Call for views: Anonymisation, pseudonymisation and privacy enhancing technologies guidance’.
How school attendance data could play a crucial role in targeting mental health support for pupils
24 November 2021
In a new Data Insight, Professor Ann John of ADR Wales led a research team that examined the association of school absence and exclusion with recorded neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health disorders, or self-harm in a large cohort of children and young people in Wales.
ADR UK responds to the third consultation on UK National Data Strategy
24 November 2021
The ADR UK partnership has responded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)’s consultation on the UK National Data Strategy, ‘Data: a new direction’.
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.