Impact through engagement: Co-production of administrative data research and the approach of the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland

Elizabeth Nelson, Frances Burns

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Abstract

Background:
The Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC NI) is a research partnership between Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University to facilitate access to linked administrative data for research purposes for public benefit and for evidence-based policy development. This requires a social licence extended by publics which is maintained by a robust approach to engagement and involvement.

Approach:
Public engagement is central to the ADRC NI approach to research. Research impact is pursued and secured through robust engagement and a model that moves towards co-production of research with publics and key stakeholders. This is done by focusing on (the cohort of people whose lives make up the datasets, placing value on outside of academic knowledge, and , through project steering committees and targeted events with stakeholders. The work is led by a dedicated Public Engagement, Communications and Impact Manager.

Discussion:
While there are strengths and limitations to the ADRC NI approach, examples of successful partnerships and clear pathways to impact demonstrate its utility and ability to amplify the positive impact of administrative data research. Working with publics as data use becomes more ubiquitous in a post-COVID-19 world will become more critical. ADRC NI's model is a potential way forward.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Population Data Science
Volume5
Issue number3
Early online date10 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 10 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • administrative data
  • co-production
  • community research
  • data subjects
  • northern ireland
  • public engagement
  • public involvement
  • research for policy
  • research impact
  • social license

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