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.


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.

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

Check out highlights from our Executive Education program!

2018 Social Innovation Summit: Innovations In Urban Housing

Registration is now open for the Price Center’s 2018 Social Innovation Summit. RSVP today!

Gay Painter, coauthor previews 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

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.

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.


Social Innovation Blog: LA City Council Approval of Ordinances a Good First Step to Help Homeless and Increase Housing Options in LA

Should banks support positive social outcomes? Beneficial State Bank CEO Kat Taylor shares lessons

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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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