Data linkage

Data linkage is the process of joining two or more datasets for research purposes. It allows for the true value of our existing data to be realised.

Data driven innovation has the potential to deliver significant improvements to people’s wellbeing, and deliver efficiencies for organisations, saving time, money and lives. Our ambition is to create the environment across Scotland for this to happen.

We aim to maximise the potential of administrative data as a resource for high-quality research. We are transforming our model for data linkage to make it quicker and more efficient for researchers seeking to access and analyse linked data.

The Scottish Government is a partner in Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) which brings together a UK-wide network of government and academic experts, driven by substantial investment from ESRC/UKRI.

ADR Scotland is a partnership combining specialists in Scottish Government’s Data for Research Unit with the expertise of academic researchers at the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research. Together we are transforming how public sector data in Scotland is curated and accessed, in order to provide evidence-based insights for policy, practice and public benefit.