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.

Consumption Smoothing and Frequency of Benefit Payments of Cash Transfer Programs

American Economic Review

Year: 2017

We analyze two noncontributory Mexican pension programs for the elderly. Both paid similar amounts, but one paid monthly while the other paid every two months. The Life Cycle Hypothesis suggests frequency of benefits payments should not affect consumption smoothing, but … Continue reading


A Systems Theory Approach to Innovation Implementation: Why Organizational Location Matters

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Year: 2016

In this study, we evaluate the “success” of adopted innovations in public organizations as a function of the relative source of innovation vis-à-vis the organizational environment. We argue that the source of the innovation will be varyingly associated with subsequent … Continue reading


Innovation and a Return to the Status Quo: A Mixed-Methods Study of School Reconstitution

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Year: 2016

School reconstitution, a turnaround strategy that prescribes massive staffing turnover, is expected to result in more committed and capable school staff and innovative practices. However, little evidence supports this assumption. We use quasi-experimental designs to assess the impact of reconstitution … Continue reading


Collaboration, Conflict, and Community Building at the Regional Scale: Implications for Advocacy Planning

Journal of Planning Education and Research

Year: 2015

Some see the regional equity perspective as placing undue emphasis on intersectoral cooperation and the complementarity between growth and equity. Is regional equity a departure from an Advocacy Planning paradigm in which values are central, justice is key, and decision-making … Continue reading


Place Based Initiatives in the Context of Public Policy and the Market: Moving to Higher Ground

Year: 2015

This monograph represents the culmination of a year long inquiry into the state of place-based initiatives. It draws upon the contributions of a cross-section of the foremost thought leaders in this field, many of whom have spent their entire careers … Continue reading


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