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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 Child Welfare Data Dashboard is intended to provide information to the public as well as county and tribal decision makers on 13 key measures used to monitor the status of children served by Minnesota’s child welfare system.
The quarterly updates are prepared one month after the end of the latest quarter. For example, the update for quarter one (January 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.
The data is presented using Microsoft Excel © (version 2010) but saved as version 97-2003. It allows for the selection of one entity (county or tribe) and up to two additional comparisons entities. In addition, Minnesota’s state averages are listed for each measure, and national standards are provided where applicable.
Users with Microsoft Excel © (version 2010) must click on “enable editing” and “enable content” within the yellow “Protected View” and “Security Warning” headers at the top of the page. Once enabled, the county scroll box should be functional to enable selection of a county or tribe. County or Tribe A or B choices will still need to be entered manually.
Users with Microsoft Excel © (version 2007) may find the scroll box on the “Ten Performance Measures” sheet is disabled. These users will need to manually insert the desired selections. To navigate the pages, click on the tabs on the bottom of the Microsoft Excel© sheet.
Additional background about Minnesota’s overall approach to child welfare is contained in the Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Model.
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