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Services provided on this website, titled the “Social Entrepreneurship Evidence Space” (SEES), are provided by the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology ("Swinburne"). Please read the Terms of Use carefully, as registering for an account on this site indicates that you agree to abide by these conditions. If you do not wish to be bound by the terms and conditions, you are not permitted to use SEES.

1 Acceptance of Terms of Use

Each time you use or cause access to the SEES website, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. If you use or access a particular service on or through this website, you will also be subject to any rules or guidelines applicable to that service. Please note if the service or website is a third party site, Swinburne has no control over that site.

2 Services

2.1 Website Contents

The services on the SEES website include a publicly accessible, curated selection of links to resources supplied by universities and commissioners of research data and reports, as well as research translation pieces created by the research team from Swinburne University of Technology (e.g. fact sheets, infographics, or summaries/distillations of research evidence). SEES aims to help policy makers and people who work in social entrepreneurship and its wider support ecosystem, by providing access to needed resources and research-based evidence.

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 SEES website. The resources available on the SEES website are not intended to replace face-to-face or other traditional forms of support or advice that stakeholders of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem may receive for their operations. Therefore, if at any time you believe that the SEES does not fully meet or address your needs, or if other concerns about your operations arise, you should seek the services of an appropriate professional.

2.3 Services Provided in Australia

The SEES website is designed and delivered in accordance with Australian guidelines. The service is intended for use by social entrepreneurs and other stakeholders based and operating in Australia, and it is not implied or intended that the service complies with the laws or standards of other jurisdictions.

3 Research

The SEES website forms the central output of a research project conducted by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne, funded by the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF). The project was in response to the poor coordination of existing evidence in the public domain in the social entrepreneurship field (and in some cases, gaps in research evidence).

The research team from CSI Swinburne will continue collating research evidence for linking to the SEES website on an ongoing basis, and will be using the SEES system to draw insights on evidence availability for social entrepreneurship. This research may 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.

4 Modification or Discontinuance

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.

5 Security and Confidentiality

In order to protect the privacy of consumers, the SEES website uses and implements professional and industry standards for the security and protection of personal information. Current strategies that ensure the highest standards of data security include:

  • Our application has been designed to validate all access and data inputs to protect both the application and database against malicious attacks
  • When using the SEES, users connect to our site via HTTPS connections, which are more secure versions of the standard http protocol. Our site and the server it resides on are identified and authenticated by SSL certificates in order to use HTTPS, which means users can be assured they are always communicating with the real SEES site.
  • All personally identifiable data stored in our database is protected by encryption
  • Access to data through our application is governed by tightly defined role based access protocols

It is noted that the provision of services through this website is subject to security risks inherent in any internet service. The transmission of all information is at your own risk.

5.1 Privacy and Confidentiality

The SEES website, including its research evidence collections, are publicly available. The resources and evidence in its collections is provided to the SEES from authors who submit research pieces through the completion of an online gmail form.

The research submission form requires all submitting authors to provide their full name, email address, organisation, and details of the research piece they wish to submit, including a title, date, description, and, if available, external link. These details are collected so that submitting authors can be contacted if there are any queries or issues with the piece they submit, and are not made publicly available.

The information that we collect in these research submission forms will be stored securely at Swinburne for a minimum period of seven years. This includes identifying information such as names or email addresses, which you have provided in order to submit your research. Users can at any time request to access and securely delete their records, including names and email addresses by contacting the research team in writing at

In accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles, you have the right to access the information collected and stored by the researchers about you. You also have the right to request that any information with which you disagree, be corrected. Please contact the SEES research team by emailing if you would like to access your information. Further information about the ways in which the privacy of your information is secured can be found on the Privacy Policy for this site.

5.2 Limits to Confidentiality

The SEES study team confirms that the information you provide in emails to the team, or in response to online questionnaires, will not be revealed, disclosed, sold, distributed, rented, licensed, shared or otherwise passed on to any third party, unless: (1) we have your express permission to do so; (2) where required by law to provide information in response to a subpoena or warrant, or (3) in cases where the potential risk of harm, or threat to the safety of a consumer or another, requires such disclosure for the purpose of minimising or negating that risk.

5.3 Communication of Information to Others

Where information is used for the purposes of research and publication, the ‘Policy on the Conduct of Research’ will be strictly adhered to. If used for research or publication purposes, your information will be analysed in a de-identifiable form and disseminated results will not contain material capable of identifying you.

5.4 Feedback

Technical difficulties should be reported to the SEES study team, Swinburne, by emailing:

6 Investigation by the SEES team

The SEES study team may take steps, as necessary, to investigate any violation of these terms and conditions,including the recording, distribution, or publication of any site material or communications, and any misuse or unauthorised access to site material that occurs.

Swinburne reserves the right to cancel your registration and prevent your further use of the SEES website if you are found to have contravened these terms and conditions.

7 Copyright and Intellectual Property

Any material displayed the SEES website (e.g. descriptions of works) is used with permission or under licence of the copyright owner. Requests for further permission to use this material should be directed to:

8 No Liability

One of the key purposes of the SEES website is to provide you with an online ‘one stop shop’ to link stakeholders to available social entrepreneurship research evidence. 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.

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully. If you do not wish to be bound by the Terms and Conditions, you are not permitted to use this website.

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