Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Privacy Policy

Evidence Synthesis Ireland – Privacy And Transparency

This Privacy Statement provides information about the ways in which Evidence Synthesis Ireland processes the personal information provided to us.

Evidence Synthesis Ireland respects your privacy. Any personal information that you volunteer will be treated in confidence applying reasonable standards of security, in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003 and with effect from 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”). Any information that you provide will not be made available to third parties of Evidence Synthesis Ireland except in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Who we are?
Evidence Synthesis Ireland is (ESI) is an all-Ireland initiative to improve ways of gathering and combining evidence (known as evidence synthesis) and using it effectively to inform health and health care decisions. ESI is funded by the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Health and Social Care, Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division of the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

ESI is a non-profit organisation. ESI charges a nominal fee for workshops in order to cover costs associated with events, and reduce the incidence of no-shows. Any income earned by ESI is re-invested into the organisation to increase our capacity to deliver additional training events.


Email: If you choose to contact ESI via email, your details will be used only for the purposes for which you intended i.e. to receive a reply to your email request / communication. When your email has been actioned, the original message will be retained by ESI for no longer than is necessary for that specified purpose.

In line with GDPR requirements, your details will not be added to any of our mailing lists and all members on our mailing list have expressed explicit active consent to join this list. If you wish to join the ESI mailing list you can do so via the link on our websites contact page.

Source of data
Evidence Synthesis Ireland collects information through this website from you in three ways:

  • Via email
  • Via web technical logs
  • Via web forms

That information may include either your name, physical address, email address, IP address, phone number, billing information, as well as details including gender, location, and other demographic information. By giving us this information, you consent to this information being collected, used, disclosed, transferred or stored by ESI or our third-party providers as described in this privacy policy. In the interest of your privacy, we only collect, use and retain information reasonably required for our legitimate business interests, such as processing queries, carrying out a service you requested or providing you with marketing materials where your express consent was given.


What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device that contains data related to a website you visit. It may allow a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a period of time, or it may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site. Cookies can be set by the owner of the website or in some cases by third party services the website owner allows to present other information, run content or provide other functionality such as analytics.

Further information on cookies can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/basics/legal/cookies/indexen.htm

Can I stop a website from using cookies?
The short answer is yes, but you may well stop that website from working properly. To make an informed choice look at that websites description of how it uses cookies. Most browsers give you the facility to stop websites from storing cookies.

Important: if you block all cookies many of the websites that you visit will not operate properly. Deleting cookies may have a similar effect on sites you have previously visited.

How are they used on this site?

Google Analytics
This is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier on the website and booking engine. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.


These cookies allow us to count page visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site, using a service provided by Google Analytics.

Found out more about Cookies & Google Analytics:  https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage?hl=en-US

Third Party Websites
Any information, communications, or materials you submit to us via a social media platform is done at your own risk without any expectation of privacy. We cannot control the actions of other users of these platforms or the actions of the platforms themselves. Your interactions with those features and platforms are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide them.  Our website includes links to other websites, whose privacy practices may be different from ours. If you submit personally identifiable information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any website you visit.

For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail esi@universityofgalway.ie.

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