Linked data

Administrative Data Linkage

Administrative Data Linkage will allow researchers to analyse information obtained from administrative data together with Understanding Society. The education data for England have already been linked. This includes attainment data from ages 5-18 as well as absences and exclusions. Data can only be linked if Understanding Society participants give their informed consent.

Administrative datasets, which will be linked to Understanding Society, cover the areas of:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Economic circumstances
  • Transport
  • Energy use

While the research potential is exciting, the processes and procedures for making linkage possible are detailed and complex, requiring carefully sought permissions from participants and the co-operation of external organisations who own the administrative datasets.

In many cases consent either has been or is currently being asked and the linkage process is about to start or is already underway.