JohnShaw wrote:Why do we need to change counting months? It seems the easiest thing, to me, is to keep the way it is done now with reporting months, but to average counts across the whole quarter.
You may be right. But my main concern was not the lower numbers in some months, but rather the other issues with filing the report in early January for the last month in the previous year. There is at least one software bug that mis-counts the numbers on the report in that case, with no workaround way to correct it. And there are other year-end/new-year clerk-related activities that could be load-spread if the quarterly report for 4Q2012 was filed, say, by 15 Nov (based on Oct data) instead of being filed by 15 Jan (based on Dec data).
If the decision is made to average across all 3 months of the quarter, then I think we are stuck with 15 Jan filing date for 4Q2012. But if we continue with the concept of just using data from one month, then there should be no reason why we could not use 15 Nov filing date for 4Q2012.
The hardest part about going to a 3-month average vs the current 1-month average would likely be getting the home teaching and visiting teaching numbers for all 3 months to average.