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

Overview of Redesign

  • Redesign Proposal Report (PDF) - this document provides full details on the CE redesign proposal prepared by the Gemini Design team.
  • Gemini Field Tests - this page host links and to information and materials about Gemini related field tests.
  • The figure below gives an overview of the redesign. Click here for a text version of this graphic.
  • Mouse over the graphic for more detail.

    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 conducted 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. Those events are listed below:

    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

    March 20, 2014

    Federal CASIC Workshops

    July 15, 2014

    CE Survey Methods Symposium

    August 6, 2014

    Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM)' meeting

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


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    Last Modified Date: April 22, 2016