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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 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


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


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.


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