Child Welfare Data Dashboard

Minnesota’s public child welfare system is designed to serve the state’s children and families as well as the communities in which they live and work. Performance measures help monitor the outcomes of children touched by the child welfare system: The department, and its county and tribal partners, are responsible to ensure children:

  • • Are safe
  • • Remain with their families when safe to do so
  • • Receive services so children can return safely home and receive support to remain at home safely
  • • Live in safe, stable homes with relatives whenever possible
  • • Achieve permanency through adoption, if needed.
  • The Child Welfare Data Dashboard is intended to provide information to the public as well as county and tribal decision-makers on 12 key measures used to monitor the status of children served by Minnesota’s child welfare system.

    Recent changes

    The Child Welfare Data Dashboard has been migrated to Tableau Public©. Data in the new Child Welfare Data Dashboard is currently limited to 2015 data, and will be supplemented with new quarterly data during the data updating process. A Microsoft Excel© (version 2013) version of the dashboard data is available.

    Updating process and timing

    The quarterly updates are prepared one month after the end of the latest quarter. For example, the update for the first quarter (Jan. 1 – March 31, 2013) occurred during May, 2013, with the dashboard posted during the first week of June. By using this timing process for the updates, the data reflects the work January 1 through March 31, 2013, as entered by the end of April. This same pattern is used for each of the subsequent quarterly updates.

    Finalization of calendar year data also occurs in May and allows additional time for data entry and corrections. For example, in May 2013, the individual four quarters of data for 2012 were combined into a yearly total for 2012. When calendar year data is posted, the quarterly data postings for that year are removed on the Child Welfare Data Dashboard.

    Dashboard format

    The data is presented using Tableau Public.

    Tab 1: This page shows data on child welfare performance indicators for counties and tribal regions across the state of Minnesota. A map shows counties’ and the child welfare initiative tribes’ performance for each of the thirteen child welfare indicators, color-coded to show whether agencies had “Met” (i.e., shown in blue) or had “Not Met” (i.e., shown in magenta) the identified targets. Information is shown for each of the last four available quarters. Statewide performance, as well as counts of the number of agencies meeting or not meeting the target for each indicator, are shown to the right of the map. If a county or initiative tribe does not have any relevant data for a given indicator, they are counted as N/A for “Not Applicable”. By hovering the cursor over individual counties or tribal regions, the display allows for additional information to be shown, including a more detailed description of the indicator including the time period under review, the numerator and denominator for each indicator calculation, the performance of the specific agency, and the target threshold that is either met or not met by the agency. Filters allow for examination of data on each indicator and each of the last four quarters.

    Tab 2: This page shows data on all twelve of the child welfare performance indicators in a single view for each agency. The central focus of this page is each individual child welfare agency. Here, percentages are shown for each indicator (i.e., except for indicator 12 which measures rates of foster care in relation to the population for each county or initiative tribe), along with the numerator and denominator used to calculate each percentage or rate, the target score for each indicator, the state performance on each indicator for comparison, a label of “Met” or “Not Met” for each indicator, and a trend over the last four quarters for each indicator. By hovering over the indicator name, the display allows for a more detailed description of the indicator including the time period under review. Filters allow for examination of data for each agency and each of the last four quarters.

    Additional information

    For further information, please contact: dhs.child.safety-permanency@state.mn.us


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