Research Highlights Washburn Center’s Impact on Children

Donors, volunteers, staff and supporters at Washburn Center can be assured they make a difference.

A 2015 report released by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota shows that Washburn Center “has a significant impact on the well-being of children in Minnesota.”

CASCW’s researchers connected data from Washburn Center to other data through the Minnesota Linking Information for Kids (Minn-LInK) project to understand children’s functioning across multiple systems, and found on average:

Children “benefit greatly from services received at Washburn Center” and their social, emotional and behavioral functioning improved in clinically meaningful ways over the course of treatment.

Children’s improvements were better than expected after receiving mental health services at Washburn Center, compared to typical progress reported for similar services.

Parents reported “significant, clinically meaningful progress and improvement in emotional symptoms and behavior.” The amount of progress made was consistent across race/ethnicity, gender and age.

“This third party evaluation validates what Washburn Center for Children has long believed: early mental health intervention is critical in improving children’s lives,” said Steve Lepinksi, CEO. “Our supporters truly help children have happier, healthier futures.”


This research partnership with CASCW is an initiative of the United Health Foundation Training Institute at Washburn Center, an innovative children’s mental health training program made possible by a $3 million grant from United Health Foundation to increase training opportunities for professionals working with children and enhance the emotional health of children
and families.