April 28th, 2010

Voters prevented from making an informed choice

Director of the IFS Robert Chote has accused all three main parties of being “vague on their plans for public spending” in their plans to repair public finances.

Speaking at a press briefing to present analysis on public finances, taxes and benefits, Mr Chote said voters were being prevented from making an informed choice.

April 22nd

The future of Higher Education funding

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published its analysis of the options for reforming the current system of fees and loans applying to full-time undergraduate study.

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the IFS analysis shows that:

The current system:

  • For every £1 loaned by the government to students to cover maintenance and fees, our simulations suggest that the taxpayer contributes 23p, or around £4,800 per graduate.

Charging a positive real interest rate on loans:

April 19th

Marriage does not improve children’s outcomes

Parental marital status is not the primary cause of differences in children’s social, emotional and cognitive development between those born to married and cohabiting couples, according to new research from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).

April 15th

Evidence for accountability: using evidence in the audit, inspection and scrutiny of UK government

A significant number of organisations in the UK are charged with the audit, inspection and scrutiny of government. The judgements they make have an impact on the public services we use.

But what do we know about how these organisations collect and use evidence to come to those judgements? And what difference does their work make to the organisations they scrutinise?

April 9th

Independent election analysis from the IFS

Are you looking for independent, rigorous and accessible analysis of the main political parties’ economic proposals in the run-up to the general election?

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published a series of briefing notes that will be essential reading for anyone keen to understand the truth behind economic policy in the UK.

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the IFS briefing notes provide objective evidence without spin or sensationalism.

March 31st

Nuffield Foundation re-launches Social Science Small Grants Scheme

The Nuffield Foundation has re-launched its Social Science Small Grants Scheme.

Trustees will award grants of up to £15,000 for research projects in line with the Foundation’s areas of interest including:

March 26th

Are poor quality maths textbooks letting English pupils down?

Good textbooks are more important for high attainment in maths than factors such as setting or expensive IT equipment, according to a new study into international comparisons of maths attainment in schools.

The study was commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation and undertaken by academics from King’s College London.

March 18th

Science Bursary student Thomas Hearing named as UK Young Scientist of the Year

Thomas Hearing was named Young Scientist of the Year in this year’s annual National Science & Engineering Competition at The Big Bang Fair in Manchester.

Thomas’s winning project was undertaken in summer 2009 while on a Nuffield Foundation Science Bursaries placement. Using global positioning system (GPS) equipment, Thomas created a baseline dataset to help monitor and predict the erosion of Monmouth Beach, particularly the fossil-rich Ammonite Pavement.

March 15th

Reforming public sector pensions

Reforms to public sector pension provision will need to balance the needs of public sector workers, the Government as an employer and the impact on taxpayers according to a new report by the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI).

The report, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, sets out policy objectives and policy options for any further reforms of public sector pensions.

Potential objectives for reform:

Ethnic minority football players not treated unfairly by referees

Academics at the University of Surrey have concluded that ethnic minority football players in the English Premiership are not treated unfairly by referees when being disciplined on the pitch.