The Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) 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 new methodologies, but crucially seeks to utilise and analyse data to inform policy and practice and contribute to evidence-based decision making. We work government, practitioners and third sector organisations to highlight the trends and insights our research reveals.

SCADR is based at the University of Edinburgh and led by Professor Chris Dibben, with a range of partners including University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, University of Strathclyde, University of St. Andrews and Scottish Government. It is ESRC funded and part of a wider network of administrative data research centres and partnerships called ADR UK.

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