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.


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.

Announcing the Homelessness Policy Research Institute

The Homelessness Policy Research Institute is dedicated to timely, relevant and actionable research to end homelessness in Los Angeles County.

NDSC Data Story: Boyle Heights Residents Face Significant Obstacles to Home Ownership

Boyle Heights residents face significant obstacles to homeownership – in fact, the neighborhood has a homeownership rate of only 23%. Read our latest NDSC Data Story.

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.

Highlights: Southern California Symposium: New Strategies for the Region's Future

Check out highlights from our Executive Education program

Escape Routes: Meta Analysis of Homelessness in L.A.

We can’t navigate without a map. If we can’t see the whole picture of homelessness, we can’t begin to solve the problem.


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

Summer 2018 Social Innovation Internship Opportunities

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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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