While many commentators recognize the potential for Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) to encourage innovation, empirical evidence is less clear cut. We argue that for SIBs to realize...
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 that intends to generate 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.
This paper draws together ideas about the next generation SIBs that will be better placed to deliver more innovative approaches and act as positive disruptors in public services.
Sherry Arnstein’s classic “A Ladder of Citizen Participation” still shapes our understanding of citizen participation within and beyond planning.
A concise introduction to the “pay for success” model with resource links for additional study.
A concise introduction to the concept of “collective impact” with two examples of significant initiatives in Los Angeles.
Emergence: Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 50
This paper examines the emergence of an organizational form, charter schools, in Oakland, California. It links field-level logics to organizational founding identities using topic modeling. It finds corporate and community founding actors create distinct and consistent identities, whereas more peripheral … Continue reading
Evaluating Teachers in the Big Easy: How Organizational Context Shapes Policy Responses in New Orleans
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Although multiple-measure teacher evaluation systems have gained popularity in the United States, few studies have examined their implementation or how they are shaped by organizational context. New Orleans provides a strategic case to examine the enactment of a state teacher … Continue reading
Stepping Up: An empirical analysis of the use of social innovation in response to an economic recession
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society
Categorising organisations as either for-profit or nonprofit is a false dichotomy as existing for-profit firms are becoming more socially conscience while nonprofits are adopting profit-making activities to ensure their viability. This paper conceptualises the array of social practices as a … Continue reading