International Population Data Linkage Network

 

About the IPDLN

What is data linkage?

Secondary use of linked administrative data is often referred to as ‘data linkage,’ ‘record linkage,’ or ‘linked data.’  This is typically population based longitudinal data that has originally been collected for another purpose.  Linkage may take place across data sets in a single domain (i.e. health) or across domains (i.e. health, education, environment, early childhood, etc.) 

Why is it important?

Data linkage is an invaluable tool for population health research. It provides a completely unbiased picture of the entire population, is cost-effective relative to other data collection mechanisms, and enables studies to be done that could not otherwise be performed.

The Network role

The International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) facilitates communication between centres that specialise in data linkage and users of the linked data. The producers and users alike are committed to the systematic application of data linkage to produce community benefit in the population and health-related domains.

Over 30 participants from Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand attended the 2008 inaugural meeting of the IPDLN (then known as the IHDLN), held in London, UK and hosted by the Research and Development Directorate of the National Health Service. The IPDLN now boasts over 1,000 members.

Every two years, directorship of the Network moves sites. Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) will take over the Directorship of the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) for 2021-22. The Network will be Co-Directed by Dr Emma Gordon, Director of the ADR UK Strategic Hub, and Professor Chris Dibben, Co-Director of ADR Scotland.

Executive Committee 2021-22

  • Emma Gordon – IPDLN Co-Director (UK), Committee Co-Chair
  • Chris Dibben - IPDLN Co-Director (UK), Committee Co-Chair
  • Dennis Culhane – Member (USA)
  • Ruth Gilbert – Member (UK)
  • Kerina Jones – IJPDS Editor, Ex-Officio (UK)
  • Kim McGrail - Member (Canada)
  • Rachael Moorin – Member (Australia)
  • Rainer Schnell – Member (Germany)
  • Merran Smith – immediate past Director (Australia)

Executive Committee Bios here.

 

Read the Executive Committee Terms of Reference here.

 

The 2022 IPDLN Conference

The IPDLN will be Co-Directed by Dr Emma Gordon, Director of the ADR UK Strategic Hub, and Professor Chris Dibben, Co-Director of ADR Scotland, they will run the IPDLN Conference in September 2022.