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.


The 2019 Southern California Symposium: What to Expect

Get a more in-depth understanding of what our next cohort will experience during Price CSI’s executive education program. Read our latest brochure.

LABC Institute releases new report by USC Price Center for Social Innovation

In tandem with the Los Angeles Business Council’s 17th Annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit taking place Friday, October 5th, the LABC Institute has released its newest report prepared by the USC Price Center for Social Innovation, entitled The Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles: Impacts to LA’s Fastest Growing Companies

BLOG: Why Scooters Are the Future of Transportation

Almost overnight, electric scooters, e-bikes, and dockless bicycles have become a fixture in cities across the United States and beyond. While these devices might seem like toys, or annoyances, or possibly safety hazards, decades of research and teaching on transportation planning leads faculty fellow Marlon Boarnet to a different conclusion: Light-duty, sustainable mobility should be a central part of our transportation future.

NDSC Data Story: Transportation Access in the East San Gabriel Valley

Recent expansions in transportation have done little to improve traffic flow in the East San Gabriel Valley where public transit use is just 3% – less than half of the county average. East San Gabriel Valley’s limited public transit system, coupled with excessive traffic congestion in the area, make residents particularly vulnerable to the consequences of inadequate transportation options.

Apply for the 2019 Southern California Symposium

If you are interested in joining our next cohort of social innovators, learn how to apply to our executive education program. All applications are due by Friday, February 1, 2019. Early applications are strongly encouraged!

NDSC Data Story: Addressing Employment Inequality in the City of Long Beach

All-time low unemployment rates for the City of Long Beach made headlines last June in the City’s Economic Development Department’s press release. Nonetheless, taking a look at unemployment rates by census tracts reveals that the City of Long Beach has tracts with some of the highest unemployment rates in all of Los Angeles County. NDSC takes a deeper look at racial disparity in income, and what the City of Long Beach is doing to address stark economic inequalities.

A Greater Social Purpose: Opportunity Zones Are Not Just For Tax Benefits But To Uplift Low-Income Neighborhoods

As real estate investors nationwide continue to dig into the Opportunity Zone program and how it could benefit their firms, University of Southern California professor Gary Painter wants to remind them of the bigger picture.

The Price Center releases its 2017-18 Annual Report

The Price Center has experienced a year of rapid growth and expansion, with the addition of several new programs and initiatives—activities that build upon its core research mission. With each of these activities, the Price Center is quickly emerging as a leader in the field of social innovation, which is due in no small part to the generous participation of our community partners.

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.


USC Price Center launches the Eddie & Jane Lorin Family Fellowship

USC Price Center launches “Pathways to Opportunity” discussion series

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Wed, October 17 @ 12:00 pm

NDSC Community Training

Thu, October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Social Innovation Speaker Series: The Link Between Neighborhoods & 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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