the web. For at least a subset of the sample, this will reduce the amount of time needed to complete the data collection. When transitioning the survey to the web, it will also be important to eliminate and simplify some of the editing procedures in order to reduce the associated delays.

Recommendation CBECS-3: Informed by a methodological research program, EIA should begin developing procedures for a multimode approach and should begin moving some of the CBECS data collection to the web.

Recommendation CBECS-4: EIA should investigate strategies for releasing the CBECS data faster, for example, by revising the editing procedures or by completing the editing for a subset of the variables and releasing these data prior to completing the editing for the full data set.

CBECS Data Gaps

The current CBECS sample design is best suited for producing descriptive statistics for larger geographical divisions, such as the entire country or census division levels. The relatively small sample sizes, in combination with strict quality control and confidentiality protections, severely limit the amount of data that can be released from the survey. This in turn limits, in terms of both geography and complexity, the analyses that can be conducted based on the data.

Recommendation CBECS-5: As part of its efforts to address the needs of data users, EIA should make it a priority to identify opportunities for increasing the sample size in order to enable the release of more of the CBECS data that are currently being collected.

Recommendation CBECS-6: EIA should consider establishing a research data center (RDC) or evaluate the option of using an existing RDC maintained by another organization to provide data users with secure access to CBECS data that are currently not publicly released.

Other CBECS Recommendations

In addition to the core recommendations highlighted above, the report includes additional recommendations that are more technical and specific



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