Minnesota’s Child Protection and Child Welfare Supervision
Program Improvement Plan Resources
The value and success of the Minnesota Child and Family Services Review is ultimately measured by improvements in child welfare practice and improved outcomes for children and families. Plans for accomplishing these improvements are prepared by the county and build on the systemic and performance strengths identified through the review. The Minnesota Department of Human Services quality assurance staff provide technical assistance to the county preparing the Program Improvement Plan.
Program Improvement Plan Instructions and Matrix
Counties may find the following resources helpful as they develop their Program Improvement Plan following a Minnesota Child and Family Services Review.
Introducing: Program Improvement Plan (PIP Tips) (May 2004)
Item 19: Worker Visits with Child (May 2004)
Item 13: Visits with Parents (June 2004)
Item 13: Visits with Siblings in Foster Care (July 2004)
Item 12: Placement with Siblings (August 2004)
Item 20: Worker Visits with Parents (October 2004)
Item 17: Assessing Needs and Services (November 2004)
Item 18: Involving Children and Families in Case Planning (January 2005)
Involving Fathers (June 2005)
Item 15: Relative Placement
Item 23: Mental Health of the Child (February, 2006)
Item 22: Physical Health of the Child (April, 2006)
Item 1: Timeliness of Initiating Assessments (July, 2006)
Working with Fathers: A Program Improvement Resource
Working with Fathers: A Program Improvement Resource was developed to help county and tribal child welfare agencies improve their practice when working with fathers. The practice tips are intended as a resource to help county supervisors and caseworkers re-examine their day-to-day work with resident and non-resident fathers, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for children.
The QA Tool Kit provides children’s services supervisors with a format for conducting internal case reviews. It is patterned after the MnCFSR Case Review Instrument (March, 2007) and measures the same safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for children. Results from case reviews assist in measuring the agency’s progress on PIP goals and help supervisors identify and address practice areas needing additional training, support or guidance. Rating aids accompany the QA Toolkit and help supervisors interpret items and make consistent ratings:
Data Quality Check Points: Supervisors can use this 4-point data quality check to monitor the quality and accuracy of data collected through case reviews.
MnCFSR Safety, Permanency and Well-being Performance Updates
In November 2006, the DHS Quality Assurance Unit issued the first “MnCFSR Safety, Permanency and Well-being Performance Update”. This data report includes data generated from Minnesota Child and Family Service Reviews (MnCFSR) and data from internal county case reviews. Case review results from some counties who have committed considerable time and energy into developing a consistent, high quality case review process are included in each Performance Update. As other counties become more familiar with the case review process, their results will be included in future Performance Update reports. Combining these two data sources is the most accurate representation of current statewide CFSR performance.
Each Performance Update also includes a Data Practice Memo, a short discussion of a specific data practice that is closely related to one or more CFSR performance items.