report of the panel outlines a variety of research topics that seem most promising to pursue before or as part of the 2011 CBECS data collection. EIA should focus its efforts on (1) evaluating the availability and quality of alternative data sources that could assist with sampling frame development and potentially provide substantive data, and (2) developing a strategy for transitioning some of the interviews to a web-based data collection mode. This research will inform a possible future redesign of the sampling methodology and revisions to the data collection procedures that could be considered for subsequent rounds of the CBECS.
We hope this letter and our recommendations are helpful to you in planning the 2011 CBECS.
William F. Eddy