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Data Linkage: Exploring the Potential Chris Skinner National Centre for Research Methods University of Southampton
The Potential Applications of Data Linkage in the Social Sciences Bardsley, N., Wiles, R. and Powell, J. (2006) Report on a consultation exercise to identify the research needs in research methods in the UK social sciences. www.ncrm.ac.uk/publications/
Data Linkage Combining data via record linkage • different types of data: administrative, survey, census, qualitative • different types of linkage: over time, across levels, via spatial references
Relevant Sectors • Academic • Government • Private sector
Methodological Challenges • Methods for linkage • Quality issues and properties of linked datasets • Methods for using linked datasets • Legal, ethical, confidentiality, data protection considerations
ESRC National Centre for Research Methods www.ncrm.ac.uk • hub at University of Southampton • 6 nodes across UK • BIAS node at Imperial College : Bayesian methods for combining multiple Individual and Aggregate data Sources in observational studies.