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

    Starting with third quarter of 2013, measure #3 Absence of Repeat Maltreatment was removed from the dashboard primarily because of low numbers and its availability through the department’s public dashboard. The numbering of the measures was kept to maintain the integrity of the overall structure of the dashboard.

    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 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 comparison entities. In addition, 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. When enabled, the county scroll box should allow selection of a county or tribe. County or Tribe A or B choices still need to be entered manually.

    Users with Microsoft Excel© (version 2007) may find the scroll box on the “Ten Performance Measures” sheet disabled. These users will need to manually insert the desired selections. To navigate the pages, click on the tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet.

    Additional information

    Background about Minnesota’s overall approach to child welfare is contained in the Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Model (PDF).

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


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