About the Minn-LInK Project

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CASCW’s Minnesota-Linking Information for Kids (Minn-LInK) project uses state administrative data from multiple agencies to answer questions about the impacts of policies, programs, and practice on the well being of children in Minnesota.

Minn-LInK is intended to produce reports that have implications for practice, policy, or both, and build upon the work of other state agencies and university researchers.

Findings of Minn-LInK studies are used to create training for child welfare professionals. The project is also a research support for faculty and students of the School of Social Work. State agencies that provide data work in partnership with the Center to discuss and address child welfare policy questions.

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CASCW announces Minn-LInK Doctoral Fellowship Program

With the support from a grant awarded in 2013 by the National Science Foundation, CASCW has created a fellowship program for PhD students interested in data intensive research on child well-being.

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Minn-LInK Users

Minn-LInK pursues answers to questions about child and family well-being by linking information across systems for the broadest possible perspectives.View Minn-LInK Reports
CASCW partners with community agencies to conduct research using Minn-LInK data. Interested in partnering with us?Email Dr. Kristine Piescher
Arrangements can be made with CASCW’s Director of Research & Evaluation to gain access to data. Past users have included PhD students and faculty.Download the Minn-LInK Introductory Packet for Researchers

Data Sources

Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)

MDE contributes education data containing demographic variables, gifted/talented status, grade-level test scores, graduation rates, attendance, and reasons for leaving school for academic years 2001-2013.

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)

DHS contributes child protection maltreatment data from the Social Services Information System (SSIS) containing demographic variables, maltreatment data, investigation information, and placement information for the continuous time period of January 2000 through October 2013.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

MDH data is available via request for and establishment of an agreement with the Department of Health.