How secure data-sharing can help ‘Daniel Blakes’

Chris Coates is web editor for the ESRC-funded Administrative Data Service. He coordinates the Network newsletter, and helps to ensure that ADRN’s communications are clear and transparent.

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Winning Outstanding British film at the 2017 BAFTAs – not to mention the prizes it’s already taken, including the Palme d’Or at Cannes – I, Daniel Blake, the tale of a man’s dealings with the benefits system, is having another moment in the limelight. Continue reading

The importance of voluntary sector research

Dan Corry is Chief Executive of charity think tank and consultancy NPC, following a varied career in public policy and economics. He was a member of the ESRC’s Research Committee until September 2016.

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I have recently finished a four-year stint as a member of the ESRC Research Committee. Although much of the time my skills as an economist and former policymaker were the most useful in helping the work of the committee, I was really there to try and represent the voluntary sector and see if we could get more research about the way civil society works funded, carried out and communicated. Continue reading

Dreaming about legislative change: an opportunity for data-driven research that must be seized

Vanessa Cuthill worked at the ESRC for the past seven years, most recently as Deputy Director of Evidence, Impact and Strategic Partnerships.  She now works as Director for Research and Enterprise at the University of Essex.

In this blog Vanessa explains how, over five years of working with researchers, statisticians, funders and policymakers, she has explored barriers that currently inhibit opportunities for social science researchers wanting to access and use administrative data, and how we are now closer than ever to improving the UK legal landscape for data sharing.

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For the past five years the ESRC has been highlighting the opportunities and challenges facing researchers who seek to use ‘administrative data’ which is collected routinely by UK government departments for its operational and transactional purposes.  Continue reading