Enabling data linkage to maximise the value of public health research data
Datasets usually provide raw data for analysis. This raw data often comes in spreadsheet form, but can be any collection of data, on which analysis can be performed.
Data linkage means bringing together two or more sources of information which relate to the same individual, event, institution or place. Wellcome commissioned research to explore the opportunities and challenges around data linkage in public health research.
The work was completed in March 2015 and done by researchers at the:
- University of the West of England, UK
- University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Centre for Injury Prevention Research, Bangladesh.
The research looked at low-, middle- and high-income countries and used a mix of literature review, case studies and expert interviews.