LAFAYETTE, La. – A UL partnership with the Picard Center and LITE has produced a project that visually displays longitudinal data on individuals in Louisiana from birth into the workforce.  The project, titled “Pathways to Louisiana’s Future,” will be showcased for the first time to the general public during LITE’s Open House on Friday, August 19 from 3-6 p.m.

Begun in 2010, the visualization project uses the Picard Center’s Integrated Longitudinal Data System. From that data, LITE experts created a visualization system that is driven by live data and shows hundreds of thousands of data elements in a simple, easy-to-understand format.

In essence, the animation displays the pathways that individuals take as they progress through life. The system can display broad, state-level information on individuals, but it also has the capability to drill down into regional, parish, and school-level information. The data can also be further segmented into endless categories based on available information, such as demographics, gender and disability category.

In its completion, this model can provide valuable information to legislators and decision-makers by showing how changing the landscape can positively impact future economic and social trends in Louisiana.

Dr. Gary Asmus and Dr. Billy Stokes will be in attendance to discuss the collaborative project and answer questions. 

For more information on the LITE Open House, click here.

The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning is a research center comprising a multidisciplinary group of evaluation and research professionals who focus on early childhood, K-12 education, school-based health, poverty’s effects on families, and lifelong learning. As an integral part of the University of Louisiana’s research mission, the Center provides high-quality, rigorous evaluations of programs that are implemented to address learning from birth through adulthood. Applied research is continually conducted in all areas of education, health, and well-being to ensure a prosperous and healthy future for all of Louisiana's children.

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