Research

Ada Lovelace Institute

The Ada Lovelace Institute (Ada) is an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.

Ada promotes informed public understanding of the impact of AI and data-driven technologies on different groups in society. It guides ethical practice in the development and deployment of these technologies and undertakes research and long-term thinking to lay the foundations for a data-driven society with well-being at its core.

Our aims


  1. Build evidence and foster rigorous research and debate on how data and AI affect people and society.

  2. Convene diverse voices to create a shared understanding of the ethical issues arising from data and AI.

  3. Define and inform good practice in the design and deployment of data and AI.

Ada was established by the Nuffield Foundation with a £5 million commitment, in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Statistical Society, the Wellcome Trust, the Omidyar Network for Citizens and Governance, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Related Nuffield Foundation projects

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Welfare | 2020 – 2020

How the UK public gets information about COVID-19

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Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Growing up under COVID-19

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Education | 2019 – 2022

The SWAN game-based approach to learning foundational number language

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Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Living with data: knowledge, experiences and perceptions of data practices

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Welfare | 2019 – 2020

Valuing data: foundations for data policy

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Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Me and my big data: developing citizens’ data literacy

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Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Overview of the major ethical issues arising from data, algorithms and AI

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Welfare | 2018 – 2020

Communicating uncertainty in data without undermining trust

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Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Visualising data in care proceedings

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Education | 2017 – 2018

Growing up digital

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Welfare | 2014 – 2021

Full Fact 2014 – 2021

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Justice | Welfare | 2008 – 2008

Sharing children’s personal data

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Teenage-girl-looks-at-smartphone-next-to-laptop-Growing-up-under-COVID-19-PROJ
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Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Growing up under COVID-19

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Woman-looks-at-smartphone-screen-How-the-UK-public-gets-information-about-COVID-19-PROJ
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Welfare | 2020 – 2020

How the UK public gets information about COVID-19

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In progress

Education | 2019 – 2022

The SWAN game-based approach to learning foundational number language

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Reported

Education | 2017 – 2018

Growing up digital

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Reported

Welfare | 2019 – 2020

Valuing data: foundations for data policy

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In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Living with data: knowledge, experiences and perceptions of data practices

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In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Me and my big data: developing citizens’ data literacy

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Reported

Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Overview of the major ethical issues arising from data, algorithms and AI

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Reported

Welfare | 2015 – 2016

Our world in data

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In progress

Welfare | 2018 – 2020

Communicating uncertainty in data without undermining trust

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Reported

Welfare | 2014 – 2021

Full Fact 2014 – 2021

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Visualising data in care proceedings

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Teenage-girl-looks-at-smartphone-next-to-laptop-Growing-up-under-COVID-19-PROJ
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Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Growing up under COVID-19

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Woman-looks-at-smartphone-screen-How-the-UK-public-gets-information-about-COVID-19-PROJ
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Welfare | 2020 – 2020

How the UK public gets information about COVID-19

View project
In progress

Education | 2019 – 2022

The SWAN game-based approach to learning foundational number language

View project
In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Living with data: knowledge, experiences and perceptions of data practices

View project
In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Me and my big data: developing citizens’ data literacy

View project
In progress

Welfare | 2018 – 2020

Communicating uncertainty in data without undermining trust

View project
Reported

Welfare | 2019 – 2020

Valuing data: foundations for data policy

View project
Reported

Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Overview of the major ethical issues arising from data, algorithms and AI

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Visualising data in care proceedings

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Reported

Education | 2017 – 2018

Growing up digital

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Reported

Welfare | 2014 – 2021

Full Fact 2014 – 2021

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2008 – 2008

Sharing children’s personal data

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Reported

Welfare | 2015 – 2016

Our world in data

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

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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COVID-19 response

Nuffield-funded social scientists are conducting COVID-19 research in real-time, to capture people’s experiences of the social, cultural and economic impacts of the pandemic.