LifeMap is designed to recommend services communities need, and we do this based on the Hierarchy of Needs Algorithm that suggests people access service offerings. We recommend services that are provided in our client’s geographic area. If the application determines that a program is needed, but it is either not available in that geographic area or there is no availability from the current providers in the area, then we’ve discovered a program need for a region. The converse is also true. If we notice an over abundance of a particular service, then that service doesn’t need additional support.
Because LifeMap can see service needs, it can tell if a program is missing, is under-represented, or if load-balancing is necessary. In addition to being able to tell if the service is offered, we can tell if the program being offered is being done in a way that targets the recipients it hopes to serve. For instance, if a high level of unemployment is present in a given region, and the Economic Development arm of that local government is working to attract new businesses to the area, then it would be good for them to attract businesses that align with the skill sets of the local population. If the population that’s out of work is under-educated and working primarily in blue-collar factory positions, then it doesn’t make sense to bring large software development companies to the area to meet their needs.
Program recommendations found by Project Maslow are shared with federal, state, and local government agencies. They are also shared as a call-out at www.ProjectMaslow.org/programneedbyregion, with the intent of encouraging other organizations, people who want to lend a hand, or donors to make the difference. Whenever possible, Project Maslow will offer grants to seed these program startups.