Services provided on this website, titled the “Social Enterprise Impact Lab”, are provided by the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology ("Swinburne").
2.1 Website Contents
The services on the Social Enterprise Impact Lab (SEIL) website include an online evaluation tool, which allows users to enter their own social impact indicators, and track these over time. SEIL is based on a longitudinal meta-evaluative research project conducted by CSI Swinburne over 2018 – 2020 funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Family Life. The research investigated the approaches social enterprises take to measuring and reporting their social impacts, as well as the barriers they face, and opportunities to build evaluation capacity for the sector.
The SEIL system is an open-access platform and social enterprise users can register for an account free of charge.
2.2 Limitations of Services
While there are benefits to this service being available online, it is also acknowledged that there are limitations to the services provided on the SEIL website. The services available on the SEIL website are not intended to replace face-to-face or other traditional forms of support or advice you may receive for operating and reporting on your social enterprise as required by the relevant laws and regulatory requirements.
Therefore, if at any time you believe that the SEIL does not fully meet or address your needs, or if other concerns about your social enterprise operations or reporting arise, you should seek the services of an appropriate professional.
The services on the SEIL website will not be appropriate if:
The SEIL website forms the central output of a longitudinal meta-evaluative research project conducted between 2018 and 2020, which explored the current approaches social enterprises take to measuring and report their impacts, as well as the challenges they face.
The main research project has now concluded, however the research team from CSI Swinburne will continue using the SEIL system to draw insights on the social enterprise impact measurement ecosystem. This involves comparing users’ data on their social enterprise demographics and structure, business and financial performance, and outcomes achieved in relation to the social purpose of their enterprise. It also includes exploring how the reported data compares across different social enterprises, as well as examining how reported data for a single social enterprise might change over time (i.e. a year-by-year comparison of business and social performance).
This research will be used to inform the development of publishable research outputs, including but not limited to peer-reviewed journal publications and public presentations of findings and their implications for creating social enterprise tools and developing social enterprise businesses. Publications and reports produced as a result of using SEIL data will either be made available for download through a link on the SEIL website, or further details provided where a publisher requires pay-for-access.
Swinburne exclusively reserves the right to, and may at any time and without notice and any liability, modify or discontinue this website and its services, whether temporarily or permanently.
In order to protect the privacy of consumers, the SEIL website uses and implements professional and industry standards for the security and protection of personal information.
Current strategies that promote the highest standards of data security include:
Access and use of the SEIL website is only permitted to persons 18 years or older, who have permission to enter data about their social enterprise into the tool.
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and shall be held responsible for all site access via your registration and/or login, whether authorised or unauthorised by you. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorised use of your registration, user account, or password by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
6.4 Confidentiality of Your Data
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any data you download from the site onto your computer.
Material contained on the SEIL website is the copyright of Swinburne University of Technology (except where otherwise indicated) or is used with permission or under licence of the copyright owner. You may embed, download, print and reproduce the indicator tracking charts/graphs that you create in the SEIL using your own data.
All other rights are reserved. Requests for further permission to use this material should be directed to: email@example.com.
One of the key purposes of the SEIL website is to provide you with an online platform which enables you to enter data on the social impact indicators your social enterprise measures, and to monitor and track these impacts over time. Any benefit derived from your use of the website is entirely dependent on you.
Swinburne makes no representations or warranties in relation to your use of the website, or the potential benefits or outcomes that may result. Swinburne will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered or incurred in connection with your use of the website.