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

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.

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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

Date Event

July 14, 2015

CE Survey Methods Symposium

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 16, 2015