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.


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.

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.


LISTEN: 89.3 KPCC interviews Price CSI Director Gary Painter about latest homelessness count

LISTEN: 89.3 KPCC interviews Price CSI Director Gary Painter about 9th Circuit ruling

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October 5 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

17th Annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit

October 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

#askNDSC Twitter Office Hours

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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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