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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 presents findings from a survey conducted in 2019, focused on understanding the coping strategies & adjustments that LA renters make in response to high rents.

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.

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Full Report: How do Renters Cope with Unaffordability?

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2020

The Los Angeles region faces a deep and worsening housing affordability crisis. A team of researchers from the USC Price Center for Social Innovation—led by Jovanna Rosen, Sean Angst, Soledad De Gregorio, and Gary Painter—conducted an in-person, door-to-door survey of … Continue reading


Social Impact Bonds 2.0? Findings from a Study of Four UK SIBs

Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University and USC Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2020

This briefing paper draws together ideas about the next generation of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) that will be better placed to deliver more innovative approaches and act as positive disruptors in local public services.


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


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