About us

The Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) analyses data from across the public sector, exploring what linking it in new ways can reveal. 

Our centre is comprised of researchers from a range of leading institutions across Scotland including: Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, University of EdinburghUniversity of Glasgow, and University of Strathclyde.

The centre is hosted at the University of Edinburgh and is led by Professor Chris Dibben and our co-directors, who bring a range of interdisciplinary expertise in social sciences, data analysis and data linkage.

Our research uses administrative data to examine issues from across society in Scotland and the UK, including children’s lives and outcomes, crime and justice, health and social care, work and the environment. 

Together, the SCADR team:

  • delivers cutting-edge applied research with real-world impact;
  • creates innovative new data methods, linkages and cohorts;
  • improves access to data and builds researcher capacity.

With the Scottish Government's Data for Research Unit, we form ADR Scotland, the Scottish element of ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK), working to improve access to administrative data across the country and ensure the resulting research is used to enrich and inform evidence-based policy and practice, which will ultimately benefit wider society and communities.

ADR Scotland are funded by UKRI / ESRC, as part of the ADR UK partnership.