Kristine N Piescher

PhD, Director of Research & Evaluation, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare


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Kristine N. Piescher, Ph.D., holds a doctoral degree from the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Piescher serves as the Director for Research and Evaluation at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) where she manages a number of large-scale and locally-based research and evaluation projects including the Minn-LInK project. Minn-LInK integrates over a decade of statewide, administrative data from multiple agencies to answer questions about the effects of policies, programs, and practice on the well-being of children in Minnesota. Dr. Piescher’s research focuses on child well-being and educational success and stability for at-risk youth, child welfare workforce development and system change, housing and homelessness, interpersonal and sibling relationships, and utilizing cross-systems data for research and evaluation, with implications for practice and policy.

Research interests

  • child well-being
  • educational success and stability
  • at-risk youth
  • child protection
  • child welfare system change
  • housing and homelessness
  • interpersonal and sibling relationships
  • integrated, administrative data

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Research Output

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  • Adoption Discontinuity in Intensive Out-of-Home Care Settings

    Kim, J. R., Piescher, K. & LaLiberte, T., Oct 2 2019, In : Adoption Quarterly. 22, 4, p. 307-329 23 p.

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  • A prospective, longitudinal study of risk factors for early onset of delinquency among maltreated youth

    Cho, M., Haight, W., Choi, W. S., Hong, S. & Piescher, K., Jul 2019, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 102, p. 222-230 9 p.

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  • 2 Scopus citations

    Retention of child welfare workers: The wisdom of frontline supervisors

    Griffiths, A., Desrosiers, P., Gabbard, J., Royse, D. & Piescher, K. N., Mar 2019, In : Child Welfare. 97, 3, p. 61-83

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  • 3 Scopus citations