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Child Welfare Disparities (CWD) is a grant to decrease the inequity, disproportionality, and disparities currently existing in Minnesota’s child welfare system. This grant was awarded to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Safety and Permanency Division (CSP) in 2015. DHS-CSP provides subawards to grantees passionate about preventing children from entering the child welfare system, reunifying families who have entered the child welfare system, and maintaining child permanency.

Project Dates: 2016 to Present

Evaluation that Transforms Communities


  • Cross-site logic model and evaluation plan development
  • Instrument and reporting form development
  • Data dashboards and online sharing site, portal
  • Evaluation needs assessments


  • Grantee virtual focus groups
  • Technical Assistance


  • Technical Assistance provided
  • Grantee process evaluation data
  • Direct services provided
  • Client progress and outcomes


  • Improvements for reporting forms
  • Operational definitions
  • Program best practices, address challenges and barriers