The USC Price Center for Social Innovation develops ideas and illuminates strategies to improve the quality of life for people in low-income, urban communities.


WATCH: What is the Southern California Symposium?

The USC Price Center for Social Innovation launched a new executive education program—the Southern California Symposium—that challenges local leaders to think deeply and collaboratively about the region’s future and to develop long-term solutions. Over time the Symposium will emerge as an important venue for deliberation and innovation, and its alumni will serve as an interconnected and diverse cohort of change makers.

Tomás Rivera Policy Institute launches new website,

Learn how the overuse of jails harms public safety, and why Latinos and non-citizens are uniquely vulnerable. Explore concrete policy solutions from across the country which create alternatives to arrest and reduce jail populations. links to almost 200 articles, statutes, and policy papers.

PRESS RELEASE: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Grants $1 Million to Further Research-Driven Homelessness Policy

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has granted $1 million to continue its support of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute (HPRI), a county-wide effort to foster collaboration among top researchers and policymakers working to end homelessness in Los Angeles County.

WATCH: What Is Social Innovation?

Dr. Gary Painter, Director of the USC Price Center for Social Innovation, describes the components of social innovation and discusses the role that the social innovation framework plays within our existing policy landscape.

New Research: Formal hybrid firms out-perform traditional firms in prosocial production practices

With the rise in popularity of hybrid organizations, it is necessary to understand how socially conscious or prosocial practices vary across organizational form.

Price Center summit explores innovative solutions to urban housing challenges

The USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation hosted the 2018 Social Innovation Summit: Innovations in Urban Housing on April 27 to identify innovation solutions to the major housing challenges facing urban cities.

Price School celebrates launch of Gary Painter’s book examining ‘Pay for Success’

The USC Price School of Public Policy celebrated Professor Gary Painter’s first published book and commemorated what Dean Jack H. Knott called a “remarkable year” for the USC Price Center for Social Innovation.

NDSC Data Story: Access to Parks and Green Spaces

Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. According to the National Recreation and Parks Association, parks bring economic value to a community by raising local property values.


Data Story: A 2018 Snapshot of Homelessness in Los Angeles County

Social Innovation Blog: In the Long Arc of Change, People are the North Star of Social Innovation

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September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

NDSC Community Training

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Diffusion of Social Innovation in Charter Schools

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Our Research

Pathways to Opportunity

Developing successful cradle to career pathways for families and children in low-income urban communities, including: access to education and jobs, healthy and safe communities, transportation, and affordable housing.

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New Models to Deliver Social Impact

Identifying new organizational forms, financing models, public-private collaborations, and technologies that can improve social outcomes across an array of policy areas.

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Evaluation Frameworks

Developing new methods for evaluating social innovation models, that account for risk and allow for successes and failures to be evaluated in trusted frameworks.

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Special Initiatives

The Price Center for Social Innovation engages in a number of long-term initiatives that advance our work in social innovation. Initiatives include: the Neighborhood Data for Social Change platform, the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, and the Homelessness Policy Research Institute.

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The Price Center for Social Innovation is proud to offer unique educational programs in social innovation, including: a graduate certificate in social innovation, a new executive education program for practitioners working in social impact organizations, and a wide range of student programs that provide hands-on learning opportunities outside the classroom.

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