§ 53.09 – What sample data should I use to develop template sampling plans for next year?

(a)    If you are not sampling this year, you should use the sample data from your most recent previous sampling year.

(b)   If you are sampling this year, you should use the sample data from this year.  It is critical that you process your sample data as they become available.  The objective is that you can apply the companion template of this Manual to the cumulative sample data any time during this year.  Refer to Section 60 for processing your sample data.

(1)   If you are familiar with the companion template of this Manual, you should wait until a couple of weeks before the end of this year to use the template.  It is fine if you miss a few service units in your annual NTD sample for this purpose.  Note that you will still need to use the full sample to estimate your annual service-consumed data for NTD reporting.

(2)   If you are not familiar with the companion template, you should start learning to use the companion template with your sample data from this year.  Once you become familiar with the template, you should still wait until a couple of weeks before the end of this year to use the template.