4th International Conference on Administrative Data Research

9 - 11 December 2019

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

Call for Abstracts is NOW CLOSED!


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.

Who should attend?

ADR 2019 is particularly relevant to anyone involved in administrative data research, from the social science community, or both. Delegates will comprise a UK and international audience of government and institutional policy-makers and academic researchers within the administrative data community. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.

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:



Pre-Conference Workshop

Making data research ready

by ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK)
Monday 9th December, 09:00 – 12:00pm

In the first year of operation, a big focus for ADR UK has been the development new, policy-relevant research-ready datasets that will be accessible to accredited researchers. This includes everything from having the infrastructure in place to host and access government administrative datasets, to working with departments to agree what data will be made available and building trust and engagement along the way. This workshop will be an opportunity to hear about our early successes, and for us to hear from participants about other administrative datasets that are currently under-utilised, which could potentially be hosted within the ADR UK infrastructure. In that way, participants can share in delivering the vision for ADR UK, moving forwards.

This workshop is now fully booked

Conference Workshop

Which way is up? The different pathways to impact in devolved UK regions

by ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK)
Tuesday 10th December, 11:45 – 12:55pm

This one hour session explores the different models and methods the Administrative Data Research centres in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland employ to secure the most effective and long-lasting pathways to impact for their research.

From government-academic partnerships to public panels and co-production models with the voluntary sector, there is no one way to develop and deliver impactful research. Engagement and impact specialists from the ADR Scotland, ADR Wales and ADRC Northern Ireland will present case studies from their work to illustrate the different models employed to deliver research impact at the highest levels, and the challenges and emerging best practice.

This session will be suitable for researchers and engagement and impact professionals wanting to learn both about the models employed across the UK, to take learning from other regions to adapt and apply to their work, and to anyone interested in learning what is cutting-edge in administrative data research engagement and impact practice.

This workshop is open to all delegates.


ADR 2019 Gala Dinner
Tuesday 10th December | 19:00 – 20:30

The ADR 2019 Gala Dinner will take place in the spectacular Cardiff Castle.


Gala Dinner now fully booked.


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The programme schedule for this busy three day event is being created by the ADR 2019 Scientific Committee, and will combine some fantastic keynote speakers, plenary sessions, panel discussions, oral presentations, rapid fire presentations and poster presentations. The final programme schedule will be released in the autumn.

Conference Packages


There are a variety of delegate rates available whether you plan to attend for just one day, the full three days, or if you want to come along as a group.

A 3-day full conference and group rates include access to all sessions, proceedings, lunches, refreshments and drinks reception. A day rate includes access to the sessions, proceedings, lunch, and refreshments for one day only.

Package Price
Full 3-day conference £300.00 per delegate
Full 3-day conference group of 5 £1,250.00 (£250 per delegate)
Individual days (9th, 10th, 11th) £100.00 per day




The 4th International ADR Conference on Administrative Data Research will take place in the heart of Wales’ vibrant capital city, Cardiff.

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Castle Grounds
Cathays Park
CF10 3ER



Book Your Hotel in Cardiff

Hilton Cardiff

Hilton Cardiff is the closest in proximity to the ADR 2019 venue. The Hotel is delighted to offer ADR 2019 delegates a 10% discount on room bookings. This is a flexible rate for Bed and Breakfast with no upfront payment required. Simply enter this code: ASWUNI when booking to claim your 10% discount.

Alternative Hotels

Cardiff has a wide range of hotel accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. To browse alternative options and to make your reservation, simply follow this link.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: How to get to ADR 2019

From Cardiff Airport

You can catch a bus (T9 service) that will take you from Cardiff Airport direct to Cardiff City Centre. The bus stop is located directly outside the terminal. Services run every 30 minutes.

T9 service timetable

From Bristol Airport

A regular National Express coach service connects Bristol Airport with Cardiff Bus Station. The service runs 12 times daily and takes 1 hour and 25 minutes and costs £15.00 one way.

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Alternatively, hop on the Airport Flyer Express bus service that runs every 10 minutes to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, and catch a train to Cardiff Central. Rail service runs up to two times an hour at peak times.

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From England

Cross the Severn Bridge and follow the M4 motorway. At Junction 29 merge on to the A48 and continue into Cardiff following the signs for Cardiff (E&S). The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama can be found on satnav using postcode CF10 3ER.

From West Wales

Follow the M4 motorway to Cardiff and exit at Junction 33. Following the A4232, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama can be found on satnav using postcode CF10 3ER.

Taxis can be found directly outside the front entrance of Cardiff Central station, and a short 5 minute journey will bring you to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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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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