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Research project

Parental Social Licence for Data Linkage for Service Intervention

Project overview

National and local government departments and services collect and hold information about families, such as taxation, medical records, pupil data, police records. These different data sources can be linked together and used operationally through the application of algorithms to identify individual families for service intervention.

This study fills a vital gap in knowledge about the dynamics of social licence and trust for operational data linkage and analytics among parents of dependent children, in a context where policy developments, and data linkage and analytics practices to inform services interventions may be moving ahead of public knowledge and consent.


Lead researcher

Professor Rosalind Edwards

Professor of Sociology

Research interests

  • Families and parenting
  • Qualitative and mixed research methods
  • Qualitative and longitudinal data analysis

Research outputs

Val Gillies,
Helene Vannier ducasse,
Sarah J Gorin,
& Christine Garrington
, 2023
Type: creativeMediaAndArtefact
Val Gillies,
& Sarah Gorin
, 2021 , Data & Policy
Type: article
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