“Impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy.”
This includes, for example, informing changes in government policy and public service practice that lead to better social and economic outcomes for people and communities.
This impact can be at any geographic level, from the local, to the national and international.
What types of impact does ADR UK aim to have?
We seek to maximise value from administrative data access, linking, and research across the ‘Five Ps’:
- Process: championing a lasting culture change towards closer working between academics and government to routinely share, link and use administrative data for research.
- Policy: influencing government or other public bodies to inform policies, strategies and standards, through understanding and insight gained from our research.
- Practice: influencing public sector and other professionals to change or maintain the way they deliver public services, informed by an understanding of ‘what works’ provided by our research.
- People: the tangible, real world improvements to the outcomes and quality of life of individuals and communities that may stem from the changes to policy and practice our research stimulates.
- Potential: our work creates both sustainable linked administrative datasets, and sustainable understanding of the data and what it can tell us. These can be accessed by other researchers in future, enabling them to create further impact on policy, practice and people.
The 'ADR UK and Impact' paper contains a fuller description of how we define, categorise and maximise our impact.
Impact case studies
Explore the impact of ADR UK and other administrative data research conducted by our partners in the case studies below.
Improving practice: impact of a social services data quality investigation
13 December 2021
Since 2018, ADRC Northern Ireland has been collaborating with the Northern Irish Department of Health (DoH) on a programme of work surrounding mental ill-health and children known to social services. During this time issues surrounding data quality and completeness have been raised, reinforcing the message within the department of the importance of high-quality data recording on the ground for high quality research further downstream.
Impacting policy: mental health of children known to social services in Northern Ireland
13 December 2021
Researchers in Northern Ireland are utilising over 30 years of population-wide linked social services, primary care, prescription medication, hospital, and mortality data to explore the mental health outcomes of children known to social services.
Who experiences or witnesses anti-social behaviour and in what context?
22 November 2021
Research undertaken by Nottingham Trent University and University College London in the Office for National Statistics Secure Research Service investigated the causes of increasing rates of anti-social behaviour in England and Wales. The findings, which formed part of the 2019 Victims’ Commissioner report for England and Wales, evidenced both anti-social behaviour prevention activity and the response strategy by agencies.
Find out more
If you are a policy maker or data holder interested in how ADR UK can help generate impact for you and the communities you serve, please get in touch.