Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN)

The Administrative Data Research Network

The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) is a UK wide partnership between universities, government departments and agencies, funders and the wider research community. The ADRN is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and has been established to facilitate accredited researchers in accessing de-identified administrative data for the purposes social and economic research.

More information on the ADRN can be found on the ADRN website. 

The Role of the UK Statistics Authority

In December 2012 the Administrative Data Task Force Report was published. This report recommended that the UK Statistics Authority be the reporting body to UK parliament on the ADRN. Subsequently, the Authority has established the ADRN Board, from which the Authority Board will seek assurance for the robust performance and governance of the network.


The main roles of the ADRN board are to:

  • promote and safeguard the linkage of administrative data within the ADRN for research and statistical purposes that serves the public good; and
  • provide assurance to Parliament and the public, through the UK Statistics Authority Board, about the achievements of the Network.

To achieve these objectives the ADRN Board will:

  • guide the strategic direction for the Network and will report and provide assurance to the Board of the UK Statistics Authority;
  • provide independent assurance that the Network is delivering against its core objectives and is being developed, managed and maintained in a way that maximises its benefit to researchers and policy makers, taking account of the project scope and resources; and
  • provide advice to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on these matters.