ADR UK projects

Response to this request is delayed. By law, UK Research and Innovation should normally have responded promptly and by (details)

Sam from medConfidential

Dear UK Research and Innovation,

This request relates to the "Administrative Data Research UK" project within ESRC.

Can you please provide,

1) For the below projects, (a) a copy of the relevant MoU/Contract/Agreement; and (b) the final proposal or business case which caused ADR to formally approve the project, for each of:

i) The Home Office commissioned project on MoJ/DfE data (as described at https://www.adruk.org/our-research/brows... )

ii) The "Data First" project with MoJ (which doesn't appear on your "all research projects" list)

iii) Any other projects which primarily involve a Whitehall department and data subjects in England (noting that the 'Data First' aka 'AI first' project is missing from your published list).

Again, it would be an acceptable response to this request for you to simply publish these documents on your website for all projects as transparency, public confidence, and basic good practice would suggest.

2) (The citation to) any minutes from the meeting of the Board of ADRUK where the Board decided that it was in the public interest for ADR not to publish the above information proactively; considered whether the "all research projects" list may be misnamed due to the omissions; and any meetings where it has revisited such blatantly flawed initial decisions.

3) Given the gaps above, please finally provide a complete list of projects for which there is
(i) a signed Memorandum of Understanding / Contract/ Agreement between ADR and others,
(ii) whether those projects have an MoU, a contract, or an Agreement;
(iii) whether those MoU/etc are published anywhere,
(iv) and if not already clear from the parties signing the document, the primary territorial extent of those agreements (e.g. NI only, England, UK-wide, etc).

(for clarity, this is a request for a list of projects with 4 columns in it (project name, signed, published, extent). I also note that ADR publishing the requested information on your "browse all research projects" page would also constitute a response to this request, noting the caveat in 2 below)

Yours faithfully,
Sam Smith

no-reply@ukri.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Information Rights Team, UK Research and Innovation

Dear Sam Smith,

Thank you for your email of 22 December. We can confirm that your email
has been received by the Information Rights team and your query will be
responded to in due course.

The reference number for your request is FOI2019/00036 .

Kind regards,

Information Governance
Information Rights Team
UK Research and Innovation
[UKRI request email] | [email address]

no-reply@ukri.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Information Rights Team, UK Research and Innovation

Dear Sam Smith

Reference: FOI2019/00036

Thank you for your information access request. I can confirm your request
will be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We are currently reviewing your request and will provide a response no
later than 23rd January, in line with the 20 working days statutory
requirement.

Please quote your above reference number in all future correspondence.

Kind regards,

Information Governance

Information Rights Team
UK Research and Innovation
[1][UKRI request email]

References

Visible links
1. mailto:[UKRI request email]

no-reply@ukri.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Information Rights Team, UK Research and Innovation

Dear Sam Smith

Reference: FOI2019/00036

I am writing in regard to your Freedom of Information request of the above
reference number received by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on 22
December.

I can confirm that UKRI holds the information in scope of your request;
however, we believe that some of the information may be exempt under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

As we are considering the application of Section 36, Prejudice to
effective conduct of public affairs, UKRI is required to apply a Public
Interest Test in relation to these matters and is permitted to extend the
response date by an addition 20 working days to do so.

As this is the case UKRI will endeavour to provide a response to you as
soon as possible and no later than 20th February.

Additionally your suggestion that some of the documents requested should
be scheduled for publication has been noted and we are working to publish
these at the earliest opportunity.

Further information from the Information Commissioners' Office on the FOIA
exemptions can be found on the below link:

[1]https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...

Kind regards,

Information Governance
Information Rights Team
UK Research and Innovation
[2][UKRI request email]

References

Visible links
1. https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...
2. mailto:[UKRI request email]