How do we know where you are?
Until 1981 no attempt was made to keep in regular contact with NCDS members. Individuals were specially traced for each survey – usually through schools. In the last 20 years however, we have tried to keep in touch with you by sending a yearly birthday card to those of you for whom we have a correct address.
If we have your correct address details, we can contact you and give you some idea of what we have been doing with the information you give us and our plans for the future. Whilst some people stay at the same address for many years, many of you seem to be constantly on the move, and we've discovered that it is only by checking on everyone at least once a year that we can be sure to find you when we carry out a major survey. Each year your birthday card is accompanied by a short form containing a few simple questions so that we can get some idea of how the circumstances of those involved with NCDS are changing (or staying the same). This information is mainly used to help us plan for the large-scale surveys.
Regrettably, we still lose touch with some of you, so from time to time – usually before a large survey – we make a special effort to trace those we have "lost".
Please let us know if you move or your contact details change
By keeping us up to date with changes in your contact details it will mean that when the next survey takes place it will be much easier for your interviewer to get in touch with you. It will also mean that we can keep you informed about news and findings from the study.
Staying in contact with us is easy…
You can fill in the online contact form.
Or call us free on 0500 600 616.
Or you can write to us at: National Child Development Study, FREEPOST KE7770, London, WC1H 0BR (you won’t need a stamp if you post your letter in the UK).
Or email us at email@example.com.