The Wisconsin Families Study (WiscFams)


Kristen Shook Slack, Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison


The Wisconsin Families Study is an evaluation of Project GAIN, a program in Milwaukee County funded by the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund to assist families in accessing economic resources, reducing financial stressors, and increasing income stability for the children and adults in the home.

UWSC will conduct in-person (CAPI) baseline and 1-year follow-up interviews with about 800 participants, some of whom will participate in Project GAIN between interviews.

The study is designed to capture information about the support and services available to families in Milwaukee County as well as the participants’ experiences as a parent. The interview will last about an hour and some of the topics include: parenting, housing, employment, childhood experiences, economic and social support, and service utilization.

The goal of the study is to determine the extent to which economic support programs reduce child maltreatment and for whom such programs are most effective in an effort to design more effective prevention programming.


Karen Zoladz


Baseline: February 2016 – June 2016

Follow-up: February 2017 – June 2017