Our Mission and Values
Basil Data was born out of the idea that in order to provide effective impact, you need to seek real and relevant data. Our goal is to provide a more approachable data and impact measurement strategy to a larger group of community organizations and social entrepreneurs.
While working to achieve a brighter future we must connect our passion to real evidence to help guide our efforts.
Help social enterprises maximize positive outcomes with thoughtful data.
Better Data.Brighter Future
Our Core Values
Every step we take towards helping impact organizations be more effective is rooted in our core values.
We are constant learners and want to know your unique story. We work closely with social impact funds, foundations and entrepreneurs to understand and support your specific mission.
We believe that by working together, we can make a broader impact.
We are transparent about what it takes to help your organization thrive and sustain your mission. We want to make sure you understand the resources necessary to understand your true impact.
Diversity and Equity
Basil Data is dedicated to learning and supporting a diverse set of people and projects. We want to contribute where we can be effective while ensuring all whom we work with have what they need to be successful.
We always operate with our values in mind, but above all, we do the right thing – for people and planet.
7 Social Value Principles
As a member of Social Value US, we apply the seven principles established by Social Value International to all of our projects.
1. Involve stakeholders
Inform what gets measured and how this is measured and valued in an account of social value by involving stakeholders.
2. Understand what changes
Articulate how change is created and evaluate this through evidence gathered, recognizing positive and negative changes as well as those that are intended and unintended.
3. Value the things that matter
Making decisions about allocating resources between different options needs to recognize the values of stakeholders. Value refers to the relative importance of different outcomes. It is informed by stakeholders’ preferences.
4. Only include what is material
Determine what information and evidence must be included in the accounts to give a true and fair picture, such that stakeholders can draw reasonable conclusions about impact.
5. Do not over-claim
Only claim the value that activities are responsible for creating.
6. Be Transparent
Demonstrate the basis on which the analysis may be considered accurate and honest, and show that it will be reported to and discussed with stakeholders.
7. Verify the results
Ensure appropriate independent assurance.
A simple, yet meaningful project supporting a local youth organization gave me the insight needed to start Basil. Simple, because we were creating a standard visual summary of their fundraising data. Meaningful, because that project shaped the future of their organization and motivated me to do more with my love for data. The lack of impact data in an impact driven world was confounding. I quickly left my engineering career to use my skills and passion for something bigger. In 2018 I started Basil Data and continue to study the social impact world. That’s it.
We are a small team that wants to help where we can – honestly and effectively – while learning from passionate people and meaningful projects along the way.
Thanks for what you do.
Jeff – Founder & CEO