What Is Social Innovation?

Traditional policy approaches have failed to catalyze significant and lasting change for many complex social problems, such as homelessness, justice involvement and reentry, and educational achievement. Social innovation, which is the process of developing novel solutions to systemic social problems, provides an alternative to traditional problem solving approaches. 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.


Dr. Gary Painter, Director of the USC Price Center for Social Innovation, describes the components of social innovation and discusses the role that the social innovation framework plays within our existing policy landscape.

Read more about social innovation: Collective Impact Brief and Pay for Success Brief