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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.

Offices of Strategic Partnerships: Helping Philanthropy and Government Work Better Together

The Foundation Review

Year: 2014

Historically, non-profits and gov worked together to address public problems. Recent research indicates that new public-private partnerships are effective models to deliver social impact. Read more here:

Evaluating the Academic and Behavioral Impact of School in the Park

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2014

This brief summarizes estimates of the impact of School in the Park, a museum-based educational program for low-income students that takes place within the cultural institutions and museums of San Diego’s Balboa Park. The study evaluates the impact of participation … Continue reading

Identifying high risk youth for secondary gang prevention

Journal of Crime & Justice

Year: 2014

Efforts to reduce gang violence by deterring youth from joining street gangs are of major interest in cities across the United States. Current thinking supports a comprehensive gang reduction approach that includes concurrent efforts that prevent joining, encourage leaving, and … Continue reading

Building Organizations to Change Communities: Educational Entrepreneurs in Poor Urban Areas

In K. Golden-Biddle and J. Dutton (eds.), Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations.

Year: 2012

This chapter focuses on charter schools in poor urban areas. Charter schools are an organizational form that emerged in the early 1990s as one potential solution to failing public schools. Rather than address the performance of charter schools relative to … Continue reading

Transforming the urban food desert from the grassroots up: A model for community change

Journal of Family and Community Health

Year: 2011

Confronted by continuing health disparities in vulnerable communities, Community Health Councils (CHC), a nonprofit community-based organization in South Los Angeles, worked with the African Americans Building a Legacy of Health Coalition and research partners to develop a community change model … Continue reading

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