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
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.
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.
One-page summaries on important topics about economic assistance in Minnesota.
The next three types of reports are based on the same monthly MFIP and DWP data.
Statewide monthly data on cases, persons, and payment.
Trends in statewide monthly data over last two years.
Monthly MFIP and DWP data for counties.
Quarterly data on state-mandated performance measures by county and region.
Quarterly data on S-SI and WPR by racial/ethnic group and county.
Supplemental report on Diversionary Work Program (DWP):
Annual December snapshot of cases and participants with demographic, family composition, economic and program data.
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)
What happens when people reach their 60-month MFIP limit.
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)
Studies of ways to improve services for MFIP families.
• 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)
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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