Evaluation Frameworks

Strong models exist to evaluate innovation in both the public and private sectors. Currently, there are no analogous models to evaluate social innovations that account for risk and allow for successes and failures to be evaluated in trusted frameworks. The Price Center develops and disseminates research to advance new models of evaluating social innovations across a variety of organizational structures.

Evaluating the Academic and Behavioral Impact of School in the Park

Year: 2014

Arts enrichment programs that leverage existing community cultural institutions such as museums, zoos, and theaters have the potential to improve students’ educational experiences. This paper estimates the impact of School in the Park, a museum-based educational program for low-income students … Continue reading


Identifying high risk youth for secondary gang prevention

Journal of Crime & Justice

Year: 2014

Efforts to reduce gang violence by deterring youth from joining street gangs are of major interest in cities across the United States. Current thinking supports a comprehensive gang reduction approach that includes concurrent efforts that prevent joining, encourage leaving, and … Continue reading


Does the Network Centrality of Government Actors Matter? Examining the Role of Government Organizations in Aquaculture Partnerships

Review of Policy Research

Year: 2014

The growth in the use of collaborative governance arrangements has been accompanied by burgeoning scholarship in the field of public affairs that seeks to understand the benefits of engaging diverse stakeholders in common venues. However, few scholars have formally assessed … Continue reading


Increasing the Value of Evaluation to Philanthropic Foundations

American Journal of Evaluation

Year: 2013

This article synthesizes interview data from evaluation directors and top executives of philanthropic foundations on how evaluation might better advance their missions. In key informant interviews, respondents commented on the purposes of evaluation from the foundation’s perspective, challenges to effective … Continue reading


Little Tokyo Community Assessment

Year: 2013

The Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at the University of Southern California collaborated with the Little Tokyo Service Center, a Community Development Corporation, to produce a community assessment of Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo neighborhood. The goal of the community … Continue reading


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