Gemini Project to Redesign the Consumer Expenditure Survey

In 2009, the Gemini Project was launched to research and develop a redesign of the Consumer Expenditure (CE) surveys, addressing issues of measurement error and respondent burden. In July 2013, a redesign proposal (PDF) was approved, outlining the future direction of the CE survey. For more information on the history of the Gemini Project, including the vision and scope, presentations, and papers, see the Gemini Materials page.




Latest News on the Redesign

  • NEW The final report of the Gemini Data Users Impact team is now available (PDF). The report summarizes the team's outreach efforts and feedback received from data users.
  • A high-level timeline listing major milestones of the Gemini Redesign Project is now available (PDF).
  • Work on a Proof-of-Concept test for the new design began September 2013.
  • CE presented the new design at the CE Survey Methods Symposium on July 17, 2013.
  • The proposed redesign was approved by the Executive Management oversight team and released publicly on July 1, 2013.

Overview of Redesign

The figure below gives an overview of the redesign. Click here for a text version of this graphic.

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For more detail on the proposed redesign, please refer to "Consumer Expenditure Survey: Redesign Proposal" prepared by the Gemini Design team (PDF).



Comparison to Current Design

The figure below gives a comparison of the current design to the redesign. Click here for a text version of this graphic.

Mouse over the graphic to highlight corresponding changes between the current and new design.



Outreach Events

Prior to launching the formal implementation of the new design, the CE is conducting numerous outreach events in an effort to educate our customers on upcoming changes and to obtain feedback on the impact on the users of the new design. Upcoming and past events are listed below:

Upcoming Outreach Events

At this time there are no upcoming events scheduled in the near future. Please check back periodically for updates.

Past Outreach Events

Date Event

November 1, 2013

Housing Statistics Users' Group

November 5, 2013

Federal Statistical Committee on Methodology

November 14, 2013

Association of Public Data Users webinar

January 28, 2014

The Census Survey Sponsors' meeting

For more information on past outreach events please visit the Gemini Materials page.


Feedback

Questions or comments about the redesign? Contact us at GeminiOutreach@bls.gov.

Last Modified Date: April 21, 2014