Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Reports

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) publishes reports and studies on programs that help families with low incomes move to economic stability. This page links you to reports about the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). MFIP provides cash and food assistance for basic needs for up to 60 months and helps families work their way out of poverty by expecting, supporting, and rewarding work. Reports also include data on the Diversionary Work Program (DWP), a four-month program some families enter to go immediately to work if possible, rather than directly on welfare.

County performance in context

Reports and Forecasts Division

This report gives statewide data on cases, persons and expenditures for a series of 10 annual and 13 monthly periods for DHS cash, food and medical programs. The report is based on accounting month, the month the payment was issued.

Family Self-Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics on Cases, Persons and Expenditures.

Economic Assistance and Employment Supports Division

While the state sets policy, provides funding, and reports on MFIP through this division of DHS, the counties and tribes deliver the services. Reporting here is based on benefit month, the month for which the assistance was provided.

Welfare Research Briefs

One-page summaries on important topics about economic assistance in Minnesota.

  • August 2013 Poverty in Minnesota (PDF)
  • February 2013 MFIP Transitional Standard, 1998-2012 (PDF)
  • February 2013 MFIP Caseload Size and the Number of Unemployed Minnesotans (PDF)
  • February 2013 General Assistance Basic Facts (PDF)
  • February 2013 MFIP Participants: Strengths and Barriers to Employment (PDF)
  • February 2013 MFIP Self-Support Index and the Range of Expected Outcomes (PDF)
  • February 2013 The Self-Support Index and the Unemployment Rate (PDF)
  • February 2013 The MFIP Time Limit and Counted Months (PDF)
  • February 2013 Non-citizen Participation in Family Assistance Programs (PDF)
  • April 2011 Racial Disparities in MFIP Outcomes (PDF)
  • April 2011 General Assistance and Supplemental Security Income (PDF)
  • April 2011 How Long Do Families Stay on Welfare (PDF)
  • Monthly Statistics

    The next three types of reports are based on the same monthly MFIP and DWP data.

    MFIP Monthly Report

    Statewide monthly data on cases, persons, and payment.

  • March 2017 (PDF)
  • February 2017 (PDF)
  • January 2017 (PDF)
  • December 2016 (PDF)
  • November 2016 (PDF)
  • October 2016 (PDF)
  • MFIP Trends Reports

    Trends in statewide monthly data over last two years.

  • Current month (PDF)
  • MFIP County Specific Report

    Monthly MFIP and DWP data for counties.

  • March 2017 (PDF)
  • February 2017 (PDF)
  • January 2017 (PDF)
  • December 2016 (PDF)
  • November 2016 (PDF)
  • October 2016 (PDF)
  • MFIP Management Indicators Reports

    Quarterly data on state-mandated performance measures by county and region.

  • October - December 2016 (PDF)
  • July - September 2016 (PDF)
  • April - June 2016 (PDF)
  • January - March 2016 (PDF)
  • October - December 2015 (PDF)
  • July - September 2015 (PDF)
  • April - June 2015 (PDF)
  • January - March 2015 (PDF)
  • Annual summaries for counties of the S-SI and WPR performance measures.
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program Annualized Self-support Index and Work Participation Rate for 2016 (PDF)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program Annualized Self-support Index and Work Participation Rate for 2015 (PDF)

  • Quarterly data on S-SI and WPR by racial/ethnic group and county.
  • July - September 2016 (PDF)
  • January - March 2016 (PDF)
  • July - September 2015 (PDF)
  • January - March 2015 (PDF)

  • Supplemental report on Diversionary Work Program (DWP):

  • DWP Fifth and 12th Month Outcomes – Data for DWP Cohorts from June 2012 through June 2014 (PDF)
  • MFIP and DWP Caseload and Participant Characteristics Reports

    Annual December snapshot of cases and participants with demographic, family composition, economic and program data.

  • Minnesota Family Investment Program and Diversionary Work Program: Characteristics of December 2014 Cases and Eligible Adults (PDF)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program and Diversionary Work Program: Characteristics of December 2013 Cases and Eligible Adults (PDF)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program and Diversionary Work Program: Characteristics of December 2012 Cases and Eligible Adults (PDF)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program and Diversionary Work Program: Characteristics of December 2011 Cases and Eligible Adults (PDF)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program and Diversionary Work Program: Characteristics of December 2010 Cases and Eligible Adults (PDF)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program and the Diversionary Work Program: Characteristics of December 2009 Cases and Eligible Adults (PDF)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program and the Diversionary Work Program: Characteristics of December 2008 Cases and Eligible Adults (PDF)

  • Summary report on the first decade of MFIP, based on December reports for 1997 to 2006:
    Minnesota’s Family Cash Assistance Caseload: A Ten-Year Retrospective (PDF)

    MFIP Sixty-month Time Limit Reports

    What happens when people reach their 60-month MFIP limit.

  • At the Limit: MFIP Participants Reaching the Time Limit in 2014 (PDF)
  • At the Limit: MFIP Participants Reaching the Time Limit in 2013 (PDF)
  • At the Limit: MFIP Participants Reaching the Time Limit in 2012 (PDF)
  • At the Limit: MFIP Participants Reaching the Time Limit in 2011 (PDF)
  • At the Limit: December 2010 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Cases that Reached the 60-Month Time Limit (PDF)
  • At the Limit: December 2009 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Cases that Reached the 60-Month Time Limit (PDF)
  • Evaluation Notes Series

    Occasional reports on important measurement, evaluation, and research topics.

    Issue 15: Updated information on the MFIP Self-support Index (June 2006) (PDF)

    Issue 16: The Diversionary Work Program: Caseload and Cost Impact (January 2007) (PDF)

    Issue 17: Racial disparities in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (February 2009) (PDF)

    Issue 18: The TANF Work Participation Rate (April 2009) (PDF)

    Issue 19: Leveling the Playing Field: A regression model for comparing the effectiveness of TANF employment services across Minnesota counties and tribal programs (April 2009) (PDF)

    Issue 20: Family Stabilization Services for MFIP Participants: Data from the first year (January 2010) (PDF)

    Issue 21: The Growing Food Support Caseload (January 2011) (PDF)

    Issue 22: Employability Measure Completion Rate (June 2011) (PDF)

    Issue 23: Increased Food Support Income Limits and Elimination of the Asset Test: Effects on the caseload (August 2011) (PDF)

    Issue 24: Disparities Reduction Innovation Projects: Summary Report 2009 through 2011 (August 2012) (PDF)

    Issue 25: Evaluation of the 2012 Innovation Funds Subsidized Wage Program (August 2013) (PDF)

    Reports on Special Projects

    Studies of ways to improve services for MFIP families.

    Minnesota Family Investment Program: Work Study Jobs Initiative (PDF)

    Minnesota Family Investment Program Teen Parent Single-point-of-contact Model (PDF)

    The Four Rs of Service Delivery for MFIP Teen Parents: Approaches of Eight Minnesota Counties (PDF)

    Minnesota Family Investment Program Child-only Cases, Caregivers and Children (June 2010) (PDF)

    Minnesota Family Investment Program and Children’s Mental Health Pilot Evaluation (January 2010) (PDF)

    Minnesota Integrated Services Project: Final Report on Initiative to Improve Outcomes for Hard-to-Employ Welfare Recipients (January 2009) (PDF)

    Minnesota Integrated Services Project: Voices of Program Participants (March 2008) (PDF)

    Minnesota Integrated Services Project: Participant Characteristics and Program Implementation (2007) (PDF)

    Employability Measure Pilot Study Final Report (December 2006) (PDF)

    Provider Perspectives on the Issues Behind the Outcomes, June 2003 (PDF)

    Report to the Minnesota Legislature: Proposal for a County Performance Measurement System for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (January 2003) (PDF)

    LIGSS (Local Intervention Grants for Self-Sufficiency): Lessons Learned (January 2003) (PDF)

    MFIP Longitudinal Study Reports (Series)

    DHS conducted a five-year study following nearly two thousand early MFIP participants. MFIP Longitudinal Study special summary report: Where are they now, stories behind the trend lines.

    October 2008 - Five Years From Baseline and Beyond (PDF)

    August 2005 - Four Years After Baseline (PDF)

    December 2003 - Three Years After Baseline (PDF)

    January 2003 - Special Report on Teen Mothers (PDF)

    September 2002 - Approaching the 60-Month Time Limit (PDF)

    August 2002 - Two Years After Baseline (PDF)

    January 2002 - Special Report on Health Care Access Among Welfare Leavers 18 Months After Baseline (PDF)

    December 2000 - One Year After Baseline (PDF)

    August 1999 - Baseline Report (PDF)

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