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 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 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
Farming and farmers in Northern Ireland: Working in partnership to create a data linking project
1 September 2022
In this latest edition of the AD|ARC blog series, Orla Bateson from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) discusses the development of the Census Agricultural Research Study (CARS) and the next steps in Northern Ireland.
Funding opportunity: Using linked justice system administrative data to evaluate the impact of justice services
8 August 2022
We are accepting applications for two Evaluation Fellows to carry out an ambitious 18-month project funded by the Cabinet Office’s Evaluation Accelerator Fund. his is a jointly led opportunity between the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
Experiences of EU nationals in the UK – a review of the literature
27 July 2022
Dr Ffion Lloyd-Williams is a senior research officer overseeing the delivery of the ADR Wales European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Data Linking Project. Here Ffion discusses the key findings from the team’s literature review looking at the experiences of EU nationals living in the UK before and after the EU referendum.
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.