Administrative Data Liaison Service (ADLS)

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The Administrative Data Liaison Service (ADLS) is funded by the ESRC to support administrative data based research in the UK. The Administrative Data Liaison Service (ADLS) has been providing a support and brokerage service for researchers wishing to analyse unpublished government administrative data in the UK. A new service, the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN;, is being launched in the Autumn of 2014 and will take over this role. The network includes the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland, which is led by the University of Edinburgh and brings together several major Scottish research centres.

Administrative data in the UK is extensive but remains a relatively undiscovered and underused tool for research. It has potential to inform social scientific research, either directly through analysis of such data or through linkage to other datasets.

The service is managed by the University of St Andrews, in conjunction with the Universities of Oxford and Manchester. The ADLS does not hold administrative data but functions as an intermediary between academic researchers and data holding organisations to aid with communication, promote the research uses of administrative data, and provide expertise in legal and ethical research, data security, disclosure risks and data linkage. Data can be located by research theme, data provider, or publication hub.

Spatial Coverage: 
United Kingdom
Data Creator: 
Various data providers

Important Guidance documents and additional resources and information on administrative data available to download are available online


You may reuse any of the metadata and list of resources content on the ADLS website provided you reference the source of the material (including URL).

Any material featured on the ADLS website that is either Crown copyright or has its copyright vested in the Crown (”Crown Copyright Material”) other than the Royal Arms and departmental or agency logos may be downloaded free of charge to file or printer and then further reproduced free of charge in any format or medium without requiring specific permission provided that:

1. the download and/or reproduction is done for the purpose of:
a) research,
b) private study,
c) internal circulation within an organisation; and
2. the material is reproduced accurately and is not used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context; and
3. the source of the material (including URL) is identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

Any other use of Crown Copyright Material on the Data for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration website requires prior consent from The Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. Applications should be made to:

The Copyright Unit, HMSO
St Clements House
2-16 Colegate
Telephone: 01603 62 1000
Fax: 01603 72 3000

You must obtain authorisation to download or reproduce material that is not Crown Copyright Material directly from the copyright holders concerned.

Data Access: 

Free of charge. Registration is required to receive data updates.