The Effective Institutions Project is a global working group that seeks out and incubates high-impact strategies to improve institutional decision-making around the world.

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Why it matters

Institutions exercise great power over our lives, both today and far into the future.

Yet on issues from COVID to climate change, our leaders too often misjudge risks, make choices based on political expediency, and fail to imagine wiser alternatives when it counts the most.

We need our institutions to do better.
Our lives may literally depend on it.

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What we do

We analyze how and in what ways institutions’ decisions influence people’s lives.

We study how key institutions currently make decisions.

We identify interventions that might cause those institutions to take actions that lead to better global outcomes.

We mobilize funding and talent to execute on the most promising interventions.

Alongside all of this, we are building an interdisciplinary network of reformers to share insights, coordinate efforts, and steadily increase the odds of success over time.

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Emma Belcher
Veteran grantmaker in nuclear security; CEO, Ploughshares Fund

Lewis Bollard
Farm Animal Welfare Program Officer, Open Philanthropy

Nancy Hey
Executive Director, What Works Centre for Wellbeing

John Lavis
Directs the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Evidence-Informed Policy

Dave Orr
Board chair, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Dan Perez
Director, North America, SRI Executive

Buddy Shah
CEO, Clinton Health Access Initiative

Jaan Tallinn
Philanthropist and investor; founder of Skype

Paul Timmers
Expert on EU policies; Oxford University research associate

Alex Toma
Executive Director, Peace and Security Funders Network

Jenny Xiao
Expert on US-China relations and emerging tech


Ian David Moss

Jam Kraprayoon
Operations & Community Manager

Collaborators and Affiliates: Rory Gillis, Conrad Helminger, Nick Hollman, Keishi Kimura, Karis Jia Ning Ma, David Manheim, Ella McIntosh


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