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The USC Price Center for Social Innovation brings an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to social innovation research. Through relevant, rigorous research, Price Center faculty explore a variety of topics that seek to inform and advance new models of equity and opportunity for low-income children and families.

This report provides the project strategy overview, with key findings from analyses of listening sessions and public safety data.

Governments in some of the world’s richest nations appear to be caught in a double challenge of declining social budgets even as social needs are increasing.

Increasing rent prices have left many families struggling to make ends meet, fearing homelessness or displacement.

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NDSC Criminal Justice Data Initiative: Year 1 Wrap Report

Neighborhood Data for Social Change

Year: 2020

The past decade has elevated the urgent need for police reform, brought to the forefront by high-profile police killings and movements like #BlackLivesMatter. To better understand conceptions of public safety and support the growing public interest in criminal justice reform, … Continue reading


Toward a Framework for Public Accountability in Education Reform

SAGE Publications

Year: 2020

Public accountability through information disclosure is a pillar of modern education reform efforts. Despite the ubiquity of this approach, we argue that public accountability in education is under-theorized and often predictably unlikely to achieve its intended policy goals. Drawing on … Continue reading


The Formalized Processes Districts Use to Evaluate Mathematics Textbooks

Journal of Curriculum Studies

Year: 2020

Textbooks are a widely used educational intervention that can affect student achievement, and the marginal cost of choosing a more effective textbook is typically small. However, we know little about how textbooks get from the publisher to the classroom. The … Continue reading


Curriculum Reform in the Common Core Era: Evaluating Elementary Math Textbooks Across Six U.S. States

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

Year: 2020

Can a school or district improve student achievement simply by switching to a higher quality textbook or curriculum? We conducted the first multi-textbook, multi-state effort to estimate textbook efficacy following widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and … Continue reading


The Power Divide: Mobile Communication in Los Angeles’ Skid Row

Mobile Media & Communication

Year: 2020

This study explores mobile phone use among people experiencing homelessness in downtown Los Angeles. It explores usage patterns and connectivity challenges, and how these affect access to social services as well as opportunities for information seeking, skills building, and social … Continue reading


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