At the Effective Institutions Project (“Effective Institutions Project,” “EIP,” “we,” “us,” and “our”) our mission is to increase the technical quality and altruistic intent of important decisions made by powerful institutions. When you visit and/or any of our subdomains (the “Site” or “Website”) or reach out to us in a different way, you may share information with us that helps us continue our important work. This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) is meant to help you understand how EIP collects, uses, and shares information you give us when you visit our Site or contact us in a different way.

We wrote this Policy to help you understand:

  1. what types of information we collect and why we collect it;
  2. how we use the information we collect; and
  3. your rights

We welcome your questions and comments on this Policy.

This Policy was last updated on 15 July 2022.

What Information We Collect

We Automatically Use Cookies to Learn About You

Cookies are electronic files that your computer automatically downloads when visiting our site. These cookies allow us to accurately track our web traffic by letting us know whether and when you’ve visited our site before, which parts of our site you’re interacting with, and which sites you’re coming from. It also tells us your IP address, internet browser, and your city.

You May Offer Personal Information by Commenting on Our Site

Our site has links to forums and sign-up forms hosted on third-party sites where visitors can share personally-identifying information. It’s up to you whether you choose to share this information.

We Use 3rd Parties to Store and Collect Information from You

We offer various payment and donation options. Each of those transactions involves a separate company. We also have discussion spaces hosted on Facebook and Slack. Any transaction using a third-party processor will provide a link where you can read their policies. 

How We Use the Information We Collect

We use the Personal Information that we collect generally to provide any services offered through the Sites to communicate with you. We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Sites, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).

We may use personal information held about you in the following ways:

  • to create a mailing list from the information you provide;
  • to process donations you make;
  • to evaluate your application to attend an event or receive grant funding for a project;
  • to reach out to you about updates on our activity, potential collaborators, or job/project opportunities;
  • to comply with auditing and gift aid requirements;
  • to make public reports about donations (such reports will not directly identify you, but we will use your personal data when creating them);
  • to ensure that content from our Websites is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your device; or
  • to respond to queries you send us.

When contacting you for any of the above purposes, we may do so by phone or email, unless you tell us otherwise.

We create a mailing list from the information you provide including name, email, physical address, and phone. We may use this information to keep you updated on our activities that we think you may find interesting—like fundamentally changing how we vote!

We Don’t Share Or Sell Your Information

EIP does not sell or rent supporter, donor, or website visitor information under any circumstances, and we do not share supporter, donor or visitor information without prior consent except as compelled by law. This restriction applies to supporters and donors who join or donate both online and offline.


We don’t expect or intend to collect information on children under 16. Children should get help from a parent or guardian before entering personal information into a website.

Your Rights

If you are a European Union resident, you have the right to access Personal Information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.

Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to the United States.

Data Retention

When you enter information into the Sites, we will maintain your Personal Information until you ask us to delete it for you.


We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal, or regulatory reasons.