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.


Opportunity Youth in the City of Los Angeles

Opportunity youth in Los Angeles are disproportionately Black and Hispanic youth. These two groups account for almost 80 percent of all opportunity youth in the City of Los Angeles. The job cluster analysis shows that entry-level jobs and low wage jobs are concentrated in the neighborhoods in and around LAX Airport, Downtown, West L.A. and Hollywood.

Price Center launches new executive education program in social innovation

The USC Price Center for Social Innovation has launched a new executive education program – the Southern California Symposium – that will challenge local leaders to think deeply and collaboratively about the region’s future to develop long-term solutions for complex social problems.

Access to Public Transit

Across Los Angeles County’s vast and sprawling 4,751 square miles, more than 4.5 million commuters walk, bike, drive, rideshare or take public transit to get to their jobs. Although it sounds like commuters can leverage a variety of options to get around, 73% of Angelenos drive alone to work and only 6.8% utilize public transit.

Painter, coauthor preview new book on social impact of ‘pay-for-success’ initiatives

“Pay for success” has emerged in recent years as an innovative way for governments to fund social-service programs without having to provide up-front funding or compensation for services that don’t achieve the desired outcomes.

The USC Price Center for Social Innovation Launches The Neighborhood Data for Social Change Platform!

The Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC) platform will provide LA County stakeholders the numbers needed to advocate for a better quality of life within their communities.


Price launches new social innovation education program

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Price CSI

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April 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

2018 Social Innovation Summit

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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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