The ADRN and the public's voice: making administrative data available for research while gaining public trust
25/08/2016 | 11:30 - 11:50     Room GH014

Ilse Verwulgen
Administrative Data Research Network

Presentation Type: Oral

Themes: Public Engagement

Session: Parallel Session 4

Authors:

Ilse Verwulgen


Objective:

This paper presents the way the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) has incorporated the results of public consultation into the core of its operations and policies. Administrative data are a rich source of information, but underused in social and economic research. In the past it has been very difficult to gain access to these datasets. The ADRN is a UK-wide initiative, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2013. The Network facilitates secure research access to linked, de-identified administrative data to enable real-world analysis that can benefit society. Administrative data research can provide a solid evidence base for policy makers to evaluate the results of active policies or uncover new ways to tackle social problems.

Approach:

Using government data for research is still a sensitive topic for the public, and rightly so. Amidst growing concerns about privacy and data security, the use of administrative data is a potentially controversial move. At the beginning of the project, the ESRC commissioned a nation-wide public consultation to gauge understanding of social research and reactions to the use of administrative data in research.

Results:

The ADRN used the results of this consultation to incorporate mechanisms for lay participation as well as accountability towards the public into its governance, and makes a case for engaging the public without compromising the scientific integrity of the research it supports. Funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, the Administrative Data Research Network, set up as part of the UK Government's Big Data initiative, is a UK-wide partnership between universities, government bodies, national statistics authorities and the wider research community. www.adrn.ac.uk

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Conference Proceedings Published By

International Journal of Population Data Science