The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has invested in four Administrative Data Research Centres (ADRC) and an Administrative Data Service (ADS).
- ADS led by the University of Essex
- ADRC England led by the University of Southampton
- ADRC Northern Ireland led by Queens University Belfast
- ADRC Scotland led by University of Edinburgh
- ADRC Wales led by Swansea University
Together these form the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) and will benefit from a grants package totalling approximately £34 million.
The core aim of the ADRN is to provide access to de-identified administrative data routinely collected by government departments and facilitate linkage of this data, thereby stimulating opportunities for innovative research and policy-making.
The ADRN is a partnership between government departments, research funders, national statistical authorities and the research community, which will reach across the UK to facilitate research based upon linked, administrative data.
HSC R&D Division is partnering with ESRC in funding the ADRC in Northern Ireland. HSC R&D will contribute £750K over 5 years.
Further information can be found at: http://www.adrn.ac.uk