Administrative data for policy research

23/11/2023 - 23/11/2023

The workshop is designed to showcase the potential for interdisciplinary research using administrative datasets. The event features a comprehensive program, including:

  • a morning training workshop by ADR UK exploring access to administrative data and its use for public policy impact, including a  keynote by ADR UK director Dr Emma Gordon
  • two spotlight sessions around specific administrative data resources
  • three invited speaker sessions showcasing applications of administrative data
  • a concluding keynote by Professor Anna Vignoles, Director of the Leverhulme Trust.

This event is led by ADR UK Research Fellow Konstantina Maragkou. It is hosted by the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, and organised in partnership with ADR UK and the Benett Institute for Public Policy.

This event is free to attend and open to all. Priority will be given to doctoral and early career researchers.

Travel bursaries are available for doctoral researchers who otherwise may not be able to attend.

For further details, please contact Konstantina Maragkou:

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  • 10:30 - 11:00: Registration and coffee
  • 11:00 - 12:30: ADR UK workshop morning session, including a morning keynote by Dr Emma Gordon and a session on data access
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00: ADR UK workshop afternoon session, including spotlight sessions with the following representatives:
    • Dr Claire Crawford, the UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities 
    • Nadir Zanini, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)
    • Dr Harriet Fearn and Alaster Smith, the Department for Education
  • 15:00 - 15:30: Coffee break
  • 15:30 - 17:00: Invited presentations
    • LEO in action: Affirmative action or undermatch? Understanding the penalties to academic mismatch - Dr Chiara Cavaglia, London School of Economics
    • GRADE in action: “Student Sociodemographic and School Type Differences in Teacher-Predicted vs. Achieved Grades for University Admission - Professor George Leckie, University of Bristol
    • Ministry of Justice & Department for Education linked dataset in action: “School performance and criminal justice involvement - Dr Alice Wickersham, Kings College London
  • 17:05 - 18:00: Afternoon keynote: Using administrative data in research: the challenges and opportunities" with Professor Anna Vignoles, Director of the Leverhulme Trust
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Drinks reception

Event details

When: Thursday 23 November, 10:30 - 19:00

Where: Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 184 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 8PQ

Registration: Free, via Eventbrite.


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