Skip main navigation
We use cookies to give you a better experience, if that’s ok you can close this message and carry on browsing. For more info read our cookies policy.
We use cookies to give you a better experience. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or read our cookies policy for more information.

Using de-identified data for social and economic research

Based at the University of Southampton, the Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRC-E) forms part of the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) which helps researchers gain access to de-identified administrative data so they can carry out social and economic research − research that has the potential to benefit society.

Watch the short ADRN video ‘Linking and protecting government data for social research’ (which is available on YouTube) to discover how using data intelligently can create better knowledge for a better society.

The Centre combines exceptional secure laboratory facilities with high performance computer platforms to provide knowledge and evidence to help develop, implement and evaluate public policy and future research.

The organisations that make up the Centre (University of Southampton, University College London, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Office for National Statistics) are leaders in linking data, and have world-class expertise in using and analysing administrative data from the education, health, crime, environment, economic and welfare sectors.

To give you an idea of the type of administrative data that have been used for research in the past, the Centre has created a catalogue.


UK-based researchers can apply to the Network with a research idea and request access to datasets.

The Network collaborates closely with government departments to make administrative data available to researchers, negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Researchers can access the data in the Administrative Data Research Centres in England (ADRC-E), Scotland (ADRC-S), Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI) and Wales (ADRC-W).


Can you think of a research project that you could hypothetically carry out using de-identified administrative data from the Centre? What kind of data would you request? Which datasets would you link and why?


Share this article:

This article is from the free online course:

Introduction to Linked Data and the Semantic Web

University of Southampton

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

Contact FutureLearn for Support