New Models to Deliver Social Impact

New models to advance social impact include new organizational forms, financing models, public-private collaborations, and technologies. The Price Center seeks to advance the understanding and application of these models, including how technological innovation can be used to improve social outcomes.

From Citizen Control to Co-Production Moving Beyond a Linear Conception of Citizen Participation

Journal of the American Planning Association

Year: 2019

Sherry Arnstein’s classic “A Ladder of Citizen Participation” still shapes our understanding of citizen participation within and beyond planning. However, Arnstein’s citizen control offers communities only partial authority. Rather, community control does not fundamentally alter the political and economic power … Continue reading


Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds: Outcome-based payment systems in the UK and US

Year: 2018

Pay for Success is an approach to contracting that ties payment for service delivery to the achievement of measurable outcomes. Private investors provide upfront financing for a social service and are repaid with a return on investment by a back-end … Continue reading


Do hybrid firms out-provide traditional business structures? An examination of prosocial behavior in North Carolina firms

USC Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2018

Hybrid organizations are organizations that employ a for-profit model with a social mission. In recent years, there has been a push to create formal legal designations that protect the organization’s social mission while allowing it to access investment capital and … Continue reading


Pay For Success

Year: 2018

A concise introduction to the “pay for success” model with resource links for additional study.


What Is Collective Impact

Year: 2018

A concise introduction to the concept of “collective impact” with two examples of significant initiatives in Los Angeles.


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