Social Innovation

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.

The Price Center and PERU have launched a series of briefings on the future of Social Impact Bonds. Read the briefings as well as related content on social impact bonds.

Co-production recognizes that truly inclusive community development requires adaptive and enduring processes to address the political and economic power inequalities that shape local decision making.

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


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.


Towards a Theoretical Framework for Social Impact Bonds

Nonprofit Policy Forum

Year: 2020

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


The Difference Between Citizen Control and Co-Production

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2019

Read the One-Pager on the difference between Citizen Control and Co-Production.


From Citizen Control to Co-Production: Moving Beyond a Linear Conception of Citizen Participation

Journal of the American Planning Association

Year: 2019

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


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