Family and community

The family is a major social institution that is central to individual and social well-being. We want to understand how families are changing and how they affect the choices people make about their children, their employment and their community.

Through the research we fund, we want to understand more about how family and household composition is changing, and the impact of family on people’s economic, social, physical and emotional well-being. This includes how families are affected by policy relating to tax, housing and welfare, for example in the decisions parents make for their children and their work.

We also want to explore the relationship between family and living circumstances and chronic illness, disability and mental health.

Our work in family and community cuts across our work in Education, Welfare and Justice. For example, we fund research that explores the relationship between the family and home learning environment and children’s education outcomes. We are also one of the largest funders of research relating to family justice.


Our team

  • Alex Beer
    Senior Consultant, Welfare
  • Programme Head, Welfare

  • Mark-Franks-Nuffield-Foundation-Together-alone-connecting-individual-and-collective-well-being-through-our-work-in-welfare
    Director, Welfare

Our impact in family and community

Family and community projects

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Welfare | 2010 – 2013

Lone parents’ mental health and employment

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Education | Welfare | 2009 – 2012

Child development and marital status

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Welfare | 2008 – 2009

Paying for quality childcare

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Education | Welfare | 2005 – 2009

Changing adolescence

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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.