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Consumer Expenditure Surveys

Post Interview for Field Representatives

The Post Interview for Field Representatives section provides the standard interview closing remarks and collects information about the collection method used and the use of records during the interview.
This concludes the interview. Thank you for your patience, and for taking the time to answer our questions.

Let me remind you that the information you provide is very valuable because it is used to update the Consumer Price Index, which is one of our nation's leading economic indicators.
That is why we sincerely appreciate your participation in this survey [and look forward to your continued cooperation when we contact you again in 3 months].

* NOTE: Inform the respondent that a supervisor may call them to conduct re-interview.

  1. Enter 1 to Continue
How did you collect the data for this [first/second/third/fourth/fifth] interview for this CU?
  1. Personal visit for all sections
  2. Personal visit for all sections, but telephone followup for some questions
  3. Personal visit for more than half of the sections, the rest by telephone
  4. Equally split between personal visit and telephone
  5. Telephone for more than half of the sections, the rest by personal visit
  6. Telephone for all sections
Were you able to conduct the interview in a single visit?
  1. Yes
  2. No
Were you able to conduct the interview in a single call?
  1. Yes
  2. No
Which of these sections did you collect entirely by telephone?

* Do not select 6 or 7 if any part of the section was collected in person

  1. Section 3 Housing – rent, mortgage, home equity loans
  2. Section 4 Utilities/Communications (electricity, heating, telephone, cable, internet)
  3. Section 6 Appliances
  4. Section 8 Home Furnishings
  5. Section 9 Clothing
  6. Sections 10, 11, and 12 Vehicle Expenses
  7. Sections 13 and 14 Insurance
  8. Section 15 Medical/Health Expenses
  9. Section 18 Trips and Vacations
  10. Section 22 Work Experience and Income
What was the main reason for collecting data by telephone?
  1. Barriers to reaching the sample unit (i.e., doorman, security, dog)
  2. Collecting data from additional respondent(s) in CU
  3. Excessive distance or travel time to sample unit
  4. Respondent called FR to do interview
  5. Respondent only available by telephone (scheduling issues)
  6. Respondent refused personal visit
  7. Respondent requested telephone interview
  8. Other (Specify)

* Specify [enter text] _____________

* In this interview, how often did the respondent consult records?
  1. Always or almost always (90% of the time or more)
  2. Most of the Time (50% to 89% of the time)
  3. Occasionally (10% to 49% of the time)
  4. Never or almost never (less than 10% of the time)
* Apart from any utility bills noted in Section 4D, what types of bills, receipts, or other resources did the respondent(s) use to answer expenditure questions?
  1. Bills
  2. Checkbook ledger or check stubs
  3. Personal finance or budgeting software records
  4. Receipts of purchase (e.g., sales slips)
  5. Home file (provided by Census Bureau)
  6. Contracts of agreements
  7. Bank statements or online bill-paying statements
  8. Other - specify
  9. None

* Specify [enter text] _____________

* Did you give the respondent a Home File this quarter?
  1. Yes
  2. No
* In this interview, did the respondent use the information booklet?

* If reading the book to the respondent, respond no.

  1. Yes
  2. No

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Last Modified Date: April 16, 2009