Our impact

The Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research analyses public sector data for the public good.

We aim to unlock the value of information routinely collected by government departments and other public bodies, so it can be used to improve policies, services and lives. Our interdisciplinary programme involves cutting-edge research and innovative methodologies to utilise and analyse data and contribute to evidence-based decision making.

We work with a range of partners in government - from Holyrood and Westminster, to local authorities - as well as practitioners and third sector organisations, to produce relevant research, highlight the trends and insights our research reveals, and improve data quality, capacity and culture more broadly.


Our approach to impact

We align to ADR UK’s approach to impact in order to maximise the value of administrative data access, linkage and research.

Addressing major challenges 

Our research is divided into core themes which address key societal challenges outlined in Scotland’s National Performance Framework, as well as responding to policy priorities in the UK more broadly including COVID-19 response and recovery. 

Engaging our stakeholders

We work with a diverse range of stakeholders from the outset to co-produce and shape our research questions and ensure they are aligned to policy priorities and strategies. We maintain a meaningful dialogue with our stakeholders through advisory groups, events and engagement and ensure that our findings are shared accessibly through Data Insights so we can deliver change.

Building capacity

We aim to build capacity for administrative data research and data linkage, helping to develop skills, understanding and awareness of this type of research and its benefits for future users, as well as delivering a programme of training.


If you are interested in engaging with our research or working with us, please get in touch.