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 the newly-formed Administrative Data for Research Partnership (ADRP), which brings together a UK-wide network of government and academic interests, driven by substantial investment.