Minnesota Risk Assessment Validation 2006: A Prospective Study

Minnesota’s Department of Human Services (DHS) contracted with the Children’s Research Center (CRC), a division of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), to conduct a validation study of the risk assessment used to assess the likelihood of future child maltreatment among families investigated or assessed by DHS. The objective was to assess how well the current risk assessment estimates future maltreatment and, if necessary, propose revisions to improve its classification abilities. The sample included families assessed using an alternative response (currently know as family assessment response) as well as the traditional method. The report reviews the performance of the current risk assessment, then reviews findings for a proposed risk assessment that will replace the current risk assessment.