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.
Traditional policy approaches have failed to catalyze significant and lasting change for many complex social problems, such as homelessness, justice involvement and reentry, and educational achievement. Social innovation, which is an iterative, inclusive process using innovation frameworks to achieve more effective and just solutions to solve complex social problems, provides an alternative to traditional problem solving approaches. The Price Center conducts research on all aspects of social innovation, which offers both new processes and new models for solving society’s most persistent social challenges.
Social Impact Bonds are an approach to contracting that ties payment for service delivery to the achievement of measurable outcomes. A new book co-authored by Gary Painter.
Nonprofit Policy Forum
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. In this context, Outcomes Based Commissioning (OBC), has been suggested as one way in … Continue reading
USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation
Read the One-Pager on the difference between Citizen Control and Co-Production.
Journal of the American Planning Association
Sherry Arnstein’s classic “A Ladder of Citizen Participation” still shapes our understanding of citizen participation within and beyond planning. However, Arnstein’s citizen control offers communities only partial authority. Rather, community control does not fundamentally alter the political and economic power … Continue reading
Pay for Success is an approach to contracting that ties payment for service delivery to the achievement of measurable outcomes. Private investors provide upfront financing for a social service and are repaid with a return on investment by a back-end … Continue reading
Do hybrid firms out-provide traditional business structures? An examination of prosocial behavior in North Carolina firms
USC Price Center for Social Innovation
Hybrid organizations are organizations that employ a for-profit model with a social mission. In recent years, there has been a push to create formal legal designations that protect the organization’s social mission while allowing it to access investment capital and … Continue reading