About ADR UK

ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) is a partnership transforming the way researchers access the UK’s wealth of public sector data, to enable better informed policy decisions that improve people’s lives.

By linking together data held by different parts of government, and by facilitating safe and secure access for accredited researchers to these newly joined-up data sets, ADR UK is creating a sustainable body of knowledge about how our society and economy function – tailored to give decision makers the answers they need to solve important policy questions.

ADR UK is made up of three national partnerships (ADR Scotland, ADR Wales, and ADR NI) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which ensures data provided by UK government bodies is accessed by researchers in a safe and secure form with minimal risk to data holders or the public.

The partnership is coordinated by a UK-wide Strategic Hub, which also promotes the benefits of administrative data research to the public and the wider research community, engages with UK government to secure access to data, and manages a dedicated research budget. ADR UK is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation.

“We are delighted to be supporting the WED project, which is groundbreaking for research into pay and employment in Britain. By linking this data together for the first time, researchers will soon be able to map out trends across a lifetime of employment, taking into account factors such as race, gender, or different business sectors.” 

“By intelligently linking data that represents people from every walk of life, we can help inform policy and practice that is fair and representative, ensuring everyone benefits from positive data-driven change.” 

Dr Emma Gordon, Director of ADR UK