Looking for more data? We've identified these links to useful child and youth development-related data sets and data-rich sites. Please see additional more measures that relate to Children & Youth in our Early Childhood and Education sections.
Adolescent sexual health data: Teenwise Minnesota
Data available about sexual health and sexual activity of adolescents, including risk and protective factors, teen pregnancy and births, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. County- and state-level data available, often by race/ethnicity. Teenwise Minnesota also offers resources for parents, educators, and policymakers.
Asthma data: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
The Minnesota Department of Health Asthma Program has established an asthma surveillance system to better understand and describe the burden of asthma in Minnesota. Data briefs available about prevalence in and impacts on children and youth and different aspects of asthma, such as rates of asthma-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits, quality of life, and others.
Child welfare and protection data
The Minnesota Annual Child Welfare Report for data about child maltreatment (abuse or neglect), children in out-of-home care, adoptions and Minnesota’s performance on key child welfare indicators required by state and federal governments. Prepared by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Child Welfare Outcomes Report
This Children's Bureau Report is published annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and it provides information on the performance of states in seven outcome categories. Use the Custom Report Builder to find the most recent data by state and by race/ethnicity breakdowns.
Developmental Assets: Search Institute
The Developmental Assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approaches to positive youth development in the U.S.
Education data for students, schools, and districts
Data available for enrollment and demographics, accountability tests (MCA-IIs, GRAD, etc.), graduation rates, attendance rates, languages spoken, student mobility and more, from the Minnesota Department of Education.
IDEA Data: About children with disabilities
Provides public access to data about children and youth with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) -- part B and C that are reported annually by states to the Office of Special Education. Contains state-level data about the age, race/ethnicity, and counts of children with diagnosed disabilities served through IDEA, including speech or language impairments, emotional disturbances, autism, mental retardation, traumatic brain injury, and others.
Juvenile justice data: Compendium of National Juvenile Justice Data Sets
An online resource for researchers intended as an aid to investigations of juvenile offending, victimization, and contact with the juvenile justice system. It both publicizes data sources that users may find valuable and provides information intended to help with the practical aspects of obtaining and analyzing data. The data sets include, but are not limited to, topics such as the characteristics of violent juvenile offenders, student victimization at school, sexual activity, and substance use. Data sources include official records and self-report data from surveys.
Pregnancy and birth data: the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a surveillance project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. The goal of the PRAMS project is to improve the health of mothers and infants by reducing adverse outcomes such as low birth weight, infant mortality and morbidity, and maternal morbidity.
Public program enrollment and performance data
Data available about children and families enrolled in Food Support, Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), child care assistance, child support services, refugee services and employment services, from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Substance use data: Substance Use in Minnesota
The Substance Use in Minnesota web site provides data on 70 indicators relating to the consumption and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in Minnesota, including many available for youth and young adults. Explore data by topic, by location, or by demographic (e.g., grade in school, gender, race/ethnicity.) The site also provides reading material and community resources related to substance use and consequences. It is a project of the Minnesota State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW), a collaborative effort on the parts of the Minnesota Departments of Human Services, Health, Education, Public Safety, and Corrections, and the Minnesota Institute of Public Health.
Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Features national and state-based data on over 100 indicators from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). Topics in the NSCH include health status, obesity, mental and oral health, medical homes, family impacts on health, and neighborhood context, among others. Topics in the NS-CSHCN include prevalence of special health care needs; health insurance coverage; access to, affordability and adequacy of care; the impact of the child’s condition on other areas of life; etc. Breakdowns are available by age, sex, race/ethnicity and poverty level.
Child Trends DataBank
Developing, using, and sharing child well-being indicators is the backbone of Child Trends’ work. Child Trends examines the full spectrum of child well-being, including health, socio-emotional development, education, and civic engagement, as well as the settings of children's lives. Through the Child Trend DataBank, they examine and monitor over 100 indicators that focus on both risk and positive development, and consider the application of the indicators in research, policy, and practice.
This interactive tool allows users to create customized profiles, rankings and maps on child wellbeing across racial and ethnic groups. The site contains a large number of standard measures broken down by race and ethnicity and a neighborhood-level child opportunity index. Data is available at the national level, or users can zoom in to smaller levels of geography, including individual metropolitan areas, school districts, and some neighborhoods.
Kids Count Data Center
Contains state- and city-level data for more than 100 measures of child well-being. Can generate custom reports, maps, and line graphs. Data available annually for Minnesota as a whole and Minneapolis beginning in 1990 for some indicators and since 2000 for most indicators. Click on "Profiles by geographic area" to begin.
Kids Count Minnesota: Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota
As the Minnesota KIDS COUNT grantee, Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota (CDF-MN) releases periodic reports and an annual data book regarding the well-being of children and families in Minnesota. Annual fact sheets are available for all 87 counties in Minnesota.
Minnesota County Health Tables
The Minnesota County Health Tables are a compilation of a wealth of public health data for Minnesota and its 87 counties. The County Tables are published yearly starting in 2002. They contain numerous data relating to children and youth, including demographic data, enrollment in public programs (MA, MinnesotaCare, MFIP, Food Support, WIC, free and reduced-lunch), school enrollment, birth outcomes, and others.
Minnesota Student Survey
The Minnesota Student Survey is conducted every three years among three populations of students in Minnesota public schools – students in regular public schools, including charter schools and tribal schools (grades 6, 9, and 12 only); students in alternative schools and Area Learning Centers (all grades); and students in juvenile correctional facilities (all grades). The survey asks questions about activities, experiences, and behaviors. Topics covered include tobacco, alcohol and drug use; school climate, physical activity, violence, and safety; connections with school and family, health, and other topics. Questions about sexual activity are asked only of high school students. The survey is administered jointly by the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services, and Public Safety.