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.


Stanford Social Innovation Review features article on Social Impact Bonds co-authored by Price CSI Director Gary Painter

The article looks at how social impact bonds differ between projects and geographies, and how those differences impact practical implementation. By Gary Painter, Kevin Albertson, Chris Fox, & Chris O’Leary

LA Times Op-Ed by Price CSI Director Gary Painter: “No, rent control doesn’t always reduce the supply of housing”

When housing developers have too much power in the market, they can maximize profits by raising rents on the apartments they already own. But if rent control limits that option, developers have to go to Plan B if they want to make more money: Build more units. So is that the situation we have in the California housing market? Research suggests it is.

Op-Ed from Price CSI Director Gary Painter: "LA’s Tight Housing Market Bad for Business"

Price CSI Director recently co-authored an op-ed in the Los Angeles Business Journal with Los Angeles Business Council President, Mary Leslie, about how business should partner with the public sector to solve LA’s housing affordability crisis because “they have the most to lose.”

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

Apply to the 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!

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.


January 2019 Newsletter

Social entrepreneur Saul Garlick shares insights at Sol Price Center for Social Innovation speaker series

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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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