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ADLS publications and administrative data documents

You can download our ADLS publications, guidance notes and other useful documents surrounding the use of administrative data from this section.

ADLS publications

  • 1. Approaches to linking administrative records to studies and surveys – a review (2013)
    This paper focuses on reviewing the existing consent processes used by some of the major studies and surveys in the UK to link to administrative records, up until June 2012. It should be noted that arrangements and structures in the fields of administrative data linkage and government data access arrangements are now rapidly changing and beyond the scope of this review.  The document can be read in your browser by clicking the link above or alternatively you can download the print version here.

  • 2. Accessing and sharing administrative data and the need for data security (2012)
    This online publication provides information about common elements of administrative data access and sharing in the UK.  It also outlines the relevant law relating to using personal data for research purposes and summarises new innovations to improve the sharing of administrative data for research.  The document can be read in your browser by clicking the link above or alternatively you can download the print version here.

  • 3. Education administrative data: Exploring the potential for academic research (2011)
    This online publication reviews and provides information on education administrative data in the UK, including their uses, how to prepare the data for analysis and their strengths and limitations.  The document can be read in your browser by clicking the link above or alternatively you can download the print version here.

  • 4. Health administrative data: Exploring the potential for academic research (2010) 
    This online publication reviews and provide information on health administrative data in the UK, including their uses, how to prepare the data for analysis and their strengths and limitations.  The document can be read in your browser by clicking the link above or alternatively you can download the print version here.

ADLS guidance documents

Other useful administrative data related documents

  • 1. ADLS conference slides (2012)
    In November 2012, the ADLS held a conference to highlight major innovations in the field of administrative data linkage and analysis.  The download contains slides from the speakers at the event.

  • 2. ADLS conference slides (2011)
    In July 2011, the ADLS held a conference to help demonstrate innovative research, methodologies and modes of access for administrative research. The download contains slides from the speakers at the event.

  • 3. ICO anonymisation seminar slides (2011)
    In March 2011, the Information Commissioner’s Office held a conference to discuss issues surrounding the use and publication of anonymous data. The download contains a report and copies of slides from the speakers.

  • 4. ICO Privacy Impact Assessment Handbook (2009)
    This document is a tool developed by the Information Commissioner’s Office to help organisations identify and assess privacy concerns for their initiatives or projects.

  • 5. ESRC National Data Strategy (2008)
    This ESRC provides sets out how the ESRC will develop and prioritise research data between 2009 and 2012.

  • 6. Data Sharing Review (2008)
    At the request of the Prime Minister, this document undertakes a review of the framework for the use of information in both public and private sectors.

  • 7. Administrative data as a research resource: a selected audit (2006)
    This document provides a review of administrative data in the UK and assesses their potential as a research resource.

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