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
- 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.
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
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.
Questions or comments about the redesign? Contact us at GeminiOutreach@bls.gov.
Last Modified Date: March 10, 2014