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Training: Introduction to using linked administrative data for social and health research

Edinburgh 8th – 12th October 2018

The five-day course will offer a theoretical and practical introduction to accessing and working with linked administrative data.


Interested in using linked administrative data in your research but don’t know what data is out there, how to access it, or if you have the skills to do this type of analysis? If you are a social or health researcher with experience of analysing survey data, or if you already work with administrative data but want to analyse multiple administrative datasets linked together, then this course is for you.

Course Outline

The course will give an introduction to administrative data, describing what it is, some of the particular problems in working with this type of data and how to deal with this. Theoretical sessions will be backed up by hands-on practical sessions, using R or Stata to write syntax to tidy, clean and recode data; link datasets; manipulate data; conduct data visualisation; document workflow; identify data quality issues; and fit regression models . The Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) synthetic data will be used in the practical exercise.

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