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General Election 2017

This page provides links to Nuffield-funded projects that have recently published findings relevant to public debates in the run-up to the General Election. It also links to new projects we have funded that will provide analysis and other services specifically designed to provide independent and accurate information to voters.

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New General Election analysis
Institute for Fiscal Studies General Election 2017 analysis

We have awarded a grant of £68,796 to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) to respond fully and efficiently to the General Election debate. This will include publishing analysis of the party manifestos of the Labour and Conservative parties, producing briefing notes on key election issues relating to public spending policies, and responding to significant themes in the pre-election debate as and when they arise.

All election-related analysis from the IFS is available on its dedicated microsite, providing an easily accessible destination for the media and voters. The materials will also be promoted via social media channels to ensure they have the maximum impact on public debate. The IFS will seek to engage directly with voters via a series of Facebook live Q&A sessions.  

Go to the IFS General Election 2017 website >>

Full Fact’s General Election fact-checking

We have awarded a grant of £40,000 to Full Fact to undertake fact-checking claims made during the election campaign. Full Fact will promote their fact-checking directly to voters via their website and social media. They will also work with media outlets to get information out to the public as widely as possible. Where incorrect claims are made, Full Fact will seek corrections from campaigners and media outlets.

Full Fact will also provide impartial content that provides answers to the questions voters are searching for online. Full Fact will work with key stakeholders to improve the quality of information in public debate, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), specialist research organisations such as the IFS, the Nuffield Trust, the National Foundation for Educational Research, the Migration Observatory, and the UK in a Changing Europe project.  

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) election briefing and analysis

We have awarded a grant of £43,780 to NIESR for the production of briefings on topics including the economic landscape, regional inequality, infrastructure investment, and the NHS. 

All of these briefings will be available on the NIESR website >>

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We improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in EducationWelfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We offer our grant-holders the freedom to frame questions and enable new thinking. Our research must stand up to rigorous academic scrutiny, but we understand that to be successful in effecting change, it also needs to be relevant to people’s experience.