Recommendation 6-5: A tablet computer should be utilized as a tool in supported self-administration. However, a paper option should continue to be available for respondents who cannot or will not use a tablet computer. Visual design principles should be applied to redesigning the paper instrument in a way that improves the ease of self-administration and is aligned with the tablet modules.
The panel presents a general roadmap for BLS to follow to complete the redesign of the CE. First, it recommends BLS develop a targeted and tightly focused plan to achieve a redesign within the next five years, a roadmap that should be completed and made public within six months. The Gemini Project is in place to do this.
Recommendation 6-6: BLS should develop a preliminary roadmap for redesign of the CE within six months. This preliminary roadmap would include a prioritization of the uses of the CE, an articulation of the basic CE design alternative that is envisioned with the redesign, and a listing of decision points and highest priority research efforts that would inform those decisions.
Another key element of the prototypes is the use of incentives to motivate respondents to complete data collection and provide accurate data. The panel recommends an appropriate incentive program be a fundamental part of the future CE program. The report provides guidelines for developing an incentive structure, but the details can only be determined with appropriate CE-specific research.
Recommendation 6-7: A critical element of any CE redesign should be the use of incentives. The incentive structure should be developed, and tested, based on careful consideration of the form, value, and frequency of incentives. Serious consideration should be given to the use of differential incentives based on different levels of burden and/or differential response propensities.
The panel had numerous discussions about alternative data sources as a replacement or adjunct to collecting survey data. Although the use of such information at the aggregate or the micro (respondent/household) level holds great promise, the panel also recognized such use is accompanied by risk, particularly from a cost/quality tradeoff perspective. A serious risk and concern is over the continued availability of outside sources over time. The panel decided not to recommend specific external datasets in its three prototypes. However, the panel encourages BLS to continue to explore