January 11, 2023

Help us develop a deeper understanding of the UK’s data research infrastructure landscape

If you manage an infrastructure within the UK that enables research and analysis using sensitive data, we want to hear from you.

We’re conducting a survey to provide a more in-depth understanding of existing infrastructure across the UK that supports the use of sensitive data for research.

DARE UK (Data and Analytics Research Environments UK) aims to design and deliver a coordinated and trustworthy national data research infrastructure to support cross-domain research for public good. The findings of this survey will help inform future directions of the DARE UK programme, as well as provide valuable insight to the wider research community across the UK.

Who should complete the survey?

If you manage an infrastructure within the UK that enables research on sensitive data – for example, a trusted research environment (TRE) or other secure data environment which provides access to and/or enables research and analysis using sensitive data, whether that be on premise, cloud-hosted or both (hybrid) – then we want to hear from you.

The scope of the survey includes all research domains and therefore includes infrastructure which supports research using sensitive data related to education, the environment, health, retail and much more. By ‘sensitive data’, we refer to data which either contains personally identifiable information such as names, addresses and identifying numbers; or data which has been de-identified but which remains sensitive due to the potential for re-identification, particularly when used with other data. Commercial data such as retail information, business details or confidential product details may also be considered sensitive when used for research.

We are only looking for one response per organisation. If you feel that you are not the right person to respond on behalf of the research infrastructure you are affiliated with, please share the survey with the most relevant person. Please note that summary outputs of survey responses may be made publicly available.

For those data research infrastructures which do not currently, and do not plan to, support sensitive data research, please still complete the survey – in this case it will take less than 5 minutes and will still provide valuable input for the DARE UK programme.  The survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete for those research infrastructures which support sensitive data research (or plan to in the future). Please do also pass this survey on to any other infrastructures you believe it may be relevant to.

Please note that, based on your responses, the DARE UK Delivery Team may be in touch to request a deeper conversation around your research infrastructure at a later stage. Thank you for helping us paint a clearer picture of the UK’s existing sensitive data research infrastructure, and how the DARE UK programme can better support it.

If you have any further comments or questions relating to the survey, please get in touch.

Complete the survey