This is the first time we have published strategies from our partnerships in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We are also re-publishing the ADR England strategy, which was first published when ADR England launched in April 2021.

ADR UK is made up of four national partnerships (ADR EnglandADR Northern IrelandADR Scotland and ADR Wales), and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which ensures data provided by UK government bodies is accessed by researchers in a safe and secure form, with minimal risk to data holders or the public.

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The published strategies for each nation reflect the goals that underpin the 2022-26 investment period for the ADR UK programme. They focus on how we can achieve our shared aims of building trust and sustainability, supporting research for public good, improving data access for research, and providing a seamless researcher service. The Programme Delivery Board will monitor the partnerships’ performance against the strategies.

Each nation’s objectives are tailored to their partnership’s priorities. They set out strategies that work in bridging the gap between government and academia, enabling government policy to be informed by the best evidence available.

All four strategies share ADR UK’s vision for 2026 – which is for ADR UK to be the default choice to host linked administrative data from across the entirety of UK and devolved government. The partnership will make this data accessible to a deep pool of trained researchers, to generate insights that routinely inform better policy and practice.

Through ADR UK, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are supporting policy-relevant research across all four nations of the UK. This includes funding academics working in partnership with the three devolved governments to support the delivery of their respective Programmes for Government, plans for delivering policies, laws and investment within each nation.

Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation at the Office for Statistics Regulation and ADR UK Ambassador said: “As a Project Delivery Board member responsible for overseeing delivery of the ADR UK programme, I am delighted to see publication of the strategies that set the course for the coming investment period. I look forward to watching these ambitious objectives deliver impact. ADR UK’s work to build capacity to use administrative data for public good is crucial.”

ADR UK is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.