The National Children’s Study


The National Children’s Study Waukesha Vanguard Center


The University of Wisconsin Survey Center acted as the local call center for the Waukesha Vanguard site of the National Children’s Study from 2009 to 2011. The NCS is the largest study ever done to examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of over 100,000 children nationwide, following them from before birth, to age 21. Seven sites in the U.S., including Waukesha County, were chosen as pilot, or vanguard centers, where study protocols were being launched and tested before the study began in nearly 100 additional representative sites around the country. UWSC was pleased to work with the Waukesha research team, which included the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The call center functions included assisting with the screening and recruitment of women of childbearing age in Waukesha County, as well as conducting follow up interviews by telephone with pregnant women enrolled in the study. As a pilot site, we worked closely with the Waukesha Study Center to navigate the complexities of conducting this federally funded longitudinal study, and to collect high quality data, while maintaining strong relationships with study participants.


Kelly Elver


May 2009 – December 2014