“In 10 years, I don’t think there is any doubt that the Price Center will be the top academic research center in social innovation. More importantly, though, the Price Center can serve as a national model for how academic research centers engage with the communities they are trying to serve.”
– Dana Goldman
Dean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair
Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Economics
In 2011, Price Philanthropies made a transformative $50 million gift to endow and name the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. This gift also established the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, with the goal of developing new ideas that create social change and improve the quality of life for low-income urban communities. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary year, we are proud to share highlights of our work. We invite you to learn more about our research, education, and special initiatives over the past ten years.
Learn More About Our History, Research, and Educational Programs
The Price Center was established in 2011 with a transformational gift that named and endowed the USC Price School of Public Policy and established the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. For the past ten years, the Price Center has conducted research and facilitated educational programming that advances our mission to develop ideas and illuminate strategies to improve the quality of life for people living in low-income urban communities.
Learn About Social Innovation
In 2020, Christine Beckman, Gary Painter, and Jovanna Rosen advanced a new definition of social innovation: “Social Innovation is an iterative, inclusive process that intends to generate more effective and just solutions to solve complex social problems.” The Price Center conducts research on all aspects of social innovation, which offers both new processes and new models for solving society’s most persistent social challenges.
Learn About Our Research
The USC Price Center for Social Innovation brings an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to social innovation research. Price Center researchers conduct research in the following topical areas: housing instability, criminal justice, education, inequality, and social innovation as its own distinct field of academic inquiry.
Education Inequality Housing Stability
Criminal Justice Social Innovation
Learn About Our Special Initiatives
The Price Center houses three special initiatives. In addition to the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, we also house the Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC) platform and the Homelessness Policy Research Institute (HPRI).