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.
Occupation and Covid-19 deaths: Scotland in a comparative perspective
17 December 2021
In this Data Insight, ADR Scotland explores how Covid-19 mortality rates vary by occupation for women and men in Scotland in the period between 1 March 2020 and 31 January 2021. Using a national novel linked data collection, we contrast preliminary results for Scotland with those from a similar linked data study for England.
Data Insights: Automatic coding of occupations: Methods to create the Scottish Historic Population Database (SHPD)
19 November 2021
This Data Insight from ADR Scotland describes the work of the Digitising Scotland project, which digitised 25.8 million Scottish civil registration vital events records, including digitising birth, marriages and deaths, from when records began in 1855 until 1973.
Data Insights: Analysing a season of death and excess mortality in Scotland’s past (June 2021)
21 June 2021
This research describes the use of the Scottish Historic Population Platform (SHiPP) to investigate past disease outbreaks to find parallels and learn lessons that help us respond better.
Data Insights: Investigating the effects of class composition and class size on pupils’ attainment in Scottish primary schools (April 2021)
5 May 2021
Researchers from ADR Scotland use data linkage to analyse the effects of composite classes and class size on pupils’ attainment in Scotland.
Data Insights: Using data to support law enforcement decision making around illegal drug parcels (February 2021)
25 February 2021
This data Insight from ADR Scotland used data from the National Crime Agency on drug parcels intercepted en route to Scotland between 2011 and 2016 to identify what factors were most important in determining which parcels were used to conduct a controlled delivery.
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: 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.
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.