Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.

Innovation Fellowship Glossary

Refer to the following definitions in applying for the UUSC Human Rights Innovation Fellowship.

General definitions

Displaced persons: Includes refugees as well as internally displaced persons.

Impact: A qualitative or quantitative description of how your anticipated output and outcome advance the human rights of marginalized communities, spur innovation in the area of the Human Rights Innovation Fellowship’s thematic focus, and bring about systemic change (e.g., Increased household access to water will result in fewer violations of the human right to water for women and girls).

Impact indicator: The metric that measures the impact (see “impact” definition above) of your innovation.

Nonmonetary support: Support consisting of assistance or services, such as mentorship or networking assistance.

Output: A quantifiable metric demonstrating the anticipated impact of your innovation on marginalized communities (e.g., 200 households will gain access to water).

Outcome: A qualitative description illustrating the anticipated effect of your innovation on marginalized communities (e.g., Increased household access to water will reduce time spent by women and girls collecting household water supplies).

Theory of change: A methodology that lays out a set of interventions that are designed to bring about social change. This methodology is used to plan, describe, and evaluate how particular interventions bring about social change in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors.