The mission of the Gemini Project is to redesign the Consumer Expenditure surveys (CE) in order to improve data quality through a verifiable reduction in measurement error, with a particular focus on under-reporting. The effort to reduce measurement error is to be explored in a manner consistent with combating further declines in response rates. Accordingly, any expected benefits of survey design changes will be balanced against any potential negative effects on response rates.
The primary objective of the Gemini Project is to develop a detailed research planning document for a redesign of the CE surveys. The planning document will describe the priorities, individual steps, timeframe, resource needs, and costs required for the development, pilot testing, evaluation, and implementation of a redesigned CE survey or surveys. To allow for an unpredictable budgetary environment, the planning document will address both a complete redesign of the CE surveys as well as more limited modifications to the current design. A secondary objective of the project is to generate a planned research agenda that will guide the development and implementation of CE research studies throughout the Gemini project lifecycle.
The Gemini Project was initiated in early 2009 and is expected to be completed within a 3-5 year period. The project includes two stages:
Last Modified Date: July 28, 2010