9 - 11 December 2019

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Cardiff, Wales, UK



We would like to thank the sponsors, partners, scientific committee, keynote speakers, and 400 international delegates for making this conference such a valuable event.

The use of administrative data and the ability to link records at an individual level to produce empirically based insights, serves to effect positive change for public good through evidence based policy making. The increasing availability of government data for research is an important trend enabling population data science to penetrate deeper than ever before into social and economic issues. However, the use of these vast data resources is still in its infancy with considerable challenges to overcome. This year, the 4th International ADR Conference aims to address such challenges towards lessening the gap between theory and practice.

Keynote Speakers



Professor Paul Boyle

Vice-Chancellor Elect, Swansea University


Garry Coleman

Associate Director, Data Access – NHS Digital


Rebecca Evans AM

Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, Welsh Government


Leon Feinstein

Director of Evidence, Office of the Children’s Commissioner


Professor Kerina Jones

Professor of Population Data Science, Swansea University


John Pullinger

Former Head of Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive, UK Statistics Authority


Betsy Stanko

Chair, Ministry of Justice's Data, Evidence and Science Board, UK


Stefaan Verhulst

Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, GovLab


Matthew Whittaker

Deputy Director, Resolution Foundation

ADR 2019 Conference Topic Areas

The conference programme will include a range of presentations across the following topic areas to share new knowledge, generate discussion and promote collaboration opportunities:

  • Applied research: work that has contributed new knowledge, using data linkage or population data sciences approaches. Research that is either complete or will have significant findings by the conference date
  • Case studies and concepts: research study protocols; local/case-specific technical developments; proof of concept studies; concept dictionaries; data resource descriptions; capacity building
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Implications: regulatory and governance challenges and solutions; confidentiality; data security; public and other stakeholder engagement; ethical issues; social acceptability
  • Evidence to support policy making: work generating evidence to inform policy making; engaging with policy makers; demonstrating and measuring impact
  • Methodological and analytical advances: dealing with large scale, complex and messy data; data linkage and quality; emerging data types; data visualisation; data interoperability;

ADR 2019 Conference Programme

The ADR 2019 three day conference programme is now available to view:


Official Sponsors

We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to ADR 2019’s generous official sponsors, ADR UK, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Welsh Government.

Your investment and support for this important international conference will enable the acceleration of vital research using administrative data, to improve and benefit societies worldwide.

Thank you!

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Scientific Committee Members

We would like to thank our esteemed Scientific Committee members for their hard work and dedication to producing an outstanding conference. Thank you all!

Conference Partners

We are delighted to announce this year’s ADR Conference partners as Swansea University, Queen’s University, Belfast, and The University of Edinburgh and are grateful for their invaluable expertise and support. The official publisher is the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS).



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Official Publisher

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