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Administrative data

Administrative data collections are built up by government departments and agencies during their day-to-day activities.

Previously research on administrative data has been extremely difficult to do, because there hasn’t been a secure service. The UK Data Service and the Administrative Data Research Network both allow researchers to access administrative data securely and lawfully, to benefit society.

Government departments and agencies routinely gather information when registering people or carrying out transactions, or for record keeping – usually when delivering a service. Such data can include:

  • social security payment records
  • educational attainment records
  • health records
  • court records
  • tax records

For data that we do not hold, the Administrative Data Research Network offers a bespoke service, negotiating with government departments to make these data available to researchers on a case-by-case basis. Researchers can apply to access de-identified administrative data by contacting the Network - please email or call 44 (0) 1206 87 3435.

We hold catalogue records for administrative datasets for which the Administrative Data Research Network has negotiated researchers access. You can browse these catalogue records through Discover

Some of the administrative data that we hold include:

  • Continuous Recording of Social Housing Lettings and Sales (CORE)

    The Continuous Recording of Social Housing Lettings and Sales (CORE) is a national information source funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government that records information on the characteristics of both Private Registered Providers' and Local Authorities' new social housing tenants and the homes they rent and buy. This data collection comprises all social housing lettings and sales in England. 

  • National Pupil Database

    The National Pupil Database (NPD) holds a wide range of information about students who attend schools and colleges in England. The NPD combines the examination results of pupils with information on pupil and school characteristics and is an amalgamation of a number of different datasets, including Key Stage attainment data and Schools Census data (formerly known as PLASC), which are linked using a unique identifier for each pupil. The dataset is made available for research purposes by the Department for Education. 

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