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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 details the findings of an evaluation of Emergency Aid (EA) programs at the University of Southern California and within the Los Angeles Community College District, which were designed to help students overcome short-term emergencies and ultimately improve longer-term student success.

The complexity of social problems, paired with constrained public resources, requires social innovators to identify new approaches for financing the delivery of social services.

This literature review examines the implementation of Fair Chance and Ban the Box laws and their subsequent impact on justice-involved individuals, employers and their communities.

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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Report: Decisions of firm risk and the role of organizational identity

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

The risk-averse nature of nonprofit organizations has led many to believe that these firms are slower to innovate than their for-profit counterparts. As a result, hybrid firms have arisen as a new type of organization that combine a for-profit structure—often … Continue reading


Project Findings Report: Accelerating Fair Chance Hiring Among Los Angeles Employers

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

With support from the State of California Workforce Accelerator program, the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation partnered with LeadersUp, a national nonprofit focused on ending the youth unemployment crisis, to launch the Accelerating Fair Chance Project during the … Continue reading


Policy Brief: U.S. Fair Chance Legislation

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

“Fair Chance” or “Ban the Box” are policies that prevent employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on job applications or delays when employers can run background checks for job applicants. These policies seek to ensure that justice-involved individuals … Continue reading


Literature Review: Fair Chance Policy Impacts

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

Fair Chance hiring and Ban the Box are policies that prevent employers from inquiring about an applicant’s self-reported criminal history on job applications and delays when employers can run background checks for job applicants. This literature review examines the implementation … Continue reading


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