Our Data Insights offer bite-sized snapshots of the findings of ongoing and completed research using linked administrative data.
At ADR UK, our goal is to enable greater access to public sector administrative data for research to inform policy that works better for all. Sharing the findings of the research we enable is key to achieving this, so that everyone from government decision makers to members of the public can find out what the data tells us, and where change could help to improve lives.
Explore our Data Insights below.
Data Insights: Selective schools: Do they improve health? (January 2021)
31 January 2021
This study from ADR Scotland looks at long term effects of education, specifically stratifying students based on their academic ability through selective schooling.
Data Insights: Using data to classify the likely ‘motivation’ of online drug purchasers (January 2021)
31 January 2021
This Data Insight from ADR Scotland used data provided by the National Crime Agency about illegal consignments intercepted through the postal service by the UK Border Force and destined for Scotland to establish a new approach for the classification of drug purchases.
Data Insights: Patterns of school non-attendance over the educational lifecourse (December 2020)
9 December 2020
This Data Insight from ADR Wales uses data linkage to explore absenteeism over an 11-year period for a single birth cohort in Wales.
Data Insights: Economically 'inactive': How does childcare impact mothers' ability to re-join the labour market? (November 2020)
18 November 2020
This study provides a first glance into the impact that informal childcare provided by co-resident grandparents in Northern Ireland has on mothers’ employment rates, especially on mother’s full-time and part-time employment.
Data Insights: Youth movement, social mobility and health inequalities (November 2020)
30 October 2020
This Data Insight from ADR Scotland outlines research that will use the Aberdeen Children of 1950s dataset to examine whether youth movements are related to increased adult social mobility.
Data Insights: The health and economic benefits of active commuting in Scotland (October 2020)
29 October 2020
This research links data from the 2001 and 2011 Scottish Census to examine the health and economic benefits of walking and cycling for commuting purposes at a national level in Scotland.
Data Insights: Addressing inequality? The provision of careers guidance in Welsh schools (September 2020)
22 September 2020
This research uses linked data to learn more about careers guidance received by children in Welsh schools. It examines how this is influenced by pupils’ demographic and academic characteristics.
Data Insights: The relationship between mental disorder, occupation type and family demands (August 2020)
4 September 2020
This study uses data linkage to examine mental disorder across occupation types and the association of family demands in Northern Ireland.
Data Insights: The effect of exposure to air pollution on health and mortality (August 2020)
7 August 2020
This study uses individual-level longitudinal data to investigate, for the first time in Northern Ireland, the link between health outcomes and long-term exposure to ambient pollution between 2001 and 2018.
New insight on the origins of disadvantage in the Welsh labour market
3 November 2021
In a new Data Insight report, researchers from ADR Wales have explored how the data collected from pupils about their career plans can be combined with routinely collected administrative data to provide new insights about their different circumstances and capabilities. The analysis confirms the importance of the provision of careers-related services within schools, particularly in supporting children from low-income households to help them shape their thinking about possible careers.
Analysing a season of death and excess mortality in Scotland’s past
21 June 2021
ADR Scotland researcher Dr Beata Nowok describes the use of the SHiPP to investigate past disease outbreaks to find parallels and learn lessons that may help us respond better in the present.
Early and multiple GCSE entry: Patterns over time and grade improvement
19 April 2021
Dr Jennifer May Hampton, a researcher in the WISERD Education Data Lab at Cardiff University, discusses two new Data Insights concerning early and multiple GCSE entry: patterns over time and grade improvement.