In November 2010, the Bureau reviewed time-use surveys in-depth. The Bureau noted the increasing demand for time-use surveys (TUS) as a follow-up to the Stiglitz Commission report and the importance of these surveys to measure the quality of life, well-being, non-market work, gender equality, etc. The Bureau considered that the insufficient harmonisation that reduces the value of this expensive and complicated survey, and decided to set up a Task Force on time-use surveys.
Outcome of the review
The Conference reviewed the draft guidelines for harmonizing time use surveys in June 2013. The Bureau reviewed them in February 2013, and sent them for electronic consultation to all CES members. A total of 31 countries and international organizations provided comments prior to the CES plenary session showing support of the guidelines. In October 2013, the CES Bureau approved the "Guidelines for Harmonizing Time-Use Surveys" that reflect the comments and discussions at the Conference.
In June 2013, the Conference requested the Bureau to consider the need for further work, and decide on next steps.
The Centre for Time Use Research maintains an information gateway to research and measurement of time use.