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.

Graddy-Reed’s study is the first of its kind to examine how organizational identity—including nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid models—impacts decisions around risk and innovation.

This draws together ideas about the next generation of SIBs that will be better placed to deliver more innovative approaches & act as positive disruptors in local public services.

Sherry Arnstein’s classic “A Ladder of Citizen Participation” still shapes our understanding of citizen participation within and beyond planning.

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Evaluating Teachers in the Big Easy: How Organizational Context Shapes Policy Responses in New Orleans

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Year: 2017

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

Year: 2015

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


Place Based Initiatives in the Context of Public Policy and the Market: Moving to Higher Ground

Year: 2015

This monograph represents the culmination of a year long inquiry into the state of place-based initiatives. It draws upon the contributions of a cross-section of the foremost thought leaders in this field, many of whom have spent their entire careers … 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


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