The Colorado Center on Law and Policy, a nonprofit advocacy group, has created the Human Services Gap Map, a series of maps and charts comparing on a county level the differences between the number of people enrolled in federal- and state-sponsored social services and the number of people eligible. The Human Services Gap Map compares enrollment and eligibility rates for five programs: Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, Colorado Works, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and ranks Colorado’s 64 counties based on the size of these service gaps. Users can examine the gap for each type of service in every country, see how much of allocated government service funding counties actually spend, and compare each county’s return on investment for spending on social services.
Visualizing Gaps in Government Services in Colorado
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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