What is the impact of our work?

“Impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy.”

This includes, for example, informing changes in government policy and public service practice that lead to better social and economic outcomes for people and communities.

This impact can be at any geographic level, from the local, to the national and international.

What types of impact does ADR UK aim to have?

We seek to maximise value from administrative data access, linking, and research across the ‘Five Ps’:

  • Process: championing a lasting culture change towards closer working between academics and government to routinely share, link and use administrative data for research.
  • Policy: influencing government or other public bodies to inform policies, strategies and standards, through understanding and insight gained from our research.
  • Practice: influencing public sector and other professionals to change or maintain the way they deliver public services, informed by an understanding of ‘what works’ provided by our research.
  • People: the tangible, real world improvements to the outcomes and quality of life of individuals and communities that may stem from the changes to policy and practice our research stimulates.
  • Potential: our work creates both sustainable linked administrative datasets, and sustainable understanding of the data and what it can tell us. These can be accessed by other researchers in future, enabling them to create further impact on policy, practice and people.

The ‘ADR UK and Impact‘ paper contains a fuller description of how we define, categorise and maximise our impact.

Impact case studies

ADR Wales analysis informs pandemic planning and the transition to life beyond

ADR Wales analysis has demonstrated the effectiveness of data linkage, by informing practices and planning through the pandemic and the transition to life without Covid-19 restrictions. The ADR Wales team…

Socio-economic disadvantage and educational attainment in Wales

ADR Wales researchers have begun ground breaking work looking at the relationship between socio-economic measures and pupil attainment, linking together for the first time 2011 Census data and education data…

Tackling fuel poverty in Wales

ADR Wales’ research using linked administrative data has provided valuable insights into the connection between fuel poverty and health. In partnership with the Welsh Government, in 2017 ADR Wales discovered that those…

Early years support in Wales

Flying Start is the Welsh Government’s flagship early years programme for families with children under four years old living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Wales. By looking at and linking…

Research on the family justice system

Part of ADR Wales’ ambition is to make data available for researchers across the UK. As such, it sources datasets from various organizations and government not only for its own research…

New pathways in data acquisition

ADR Wales has positioned itself not only as a leader in delivering impactful research that has shaped government policy and improved the day-to-day lives of Welsh citizens but also as…