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Qtr Progress Report and Allocation Report

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:25 pm
by mamadsen
The quarterly allocation reports are keyed from the quarterly progress reports (timing is not an issue for this question). For all categories for which the allocation is calculated (Sacrament Meeting, YW, YM, Primary, YSA) there is a corresponding number on the progress report. However, there is a discrepancy on how the primary allocation is calculated. The progress report uses the age category of 3 - 11 years old while the allocation report uses 8 - 11. As it is, we are not able to reconcile the calculation of that amount. All other amounts tie out great with what we report.

What would be the possibility of tweaking the progress report to match the 8 - 11 year category of the allocation report? Or, how is the amount calculated? Is it a proportion of the 3 - 11? The progress report uses ages 3 - 11 who have attended at least one meeting during the month. Maybe we have more active primary children in the 3 - 7 age than the 8 - 11 range, or the reverse.

Or, maybe I have too much time on my hands to think about it and shouldn't worry too much about it. :D

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:34 pm
by aebrown
MRK wrote:The quarterly allocation reports are keyed from the quarterly progress reports (timing is not an issue for this question). For all categories for which the allocation is calculated (Sacrament Meeting, YW, YM, Primary, YSA) there is a corresponding number on the progress report. However, there is a discrepancy on how the primary allocation is calculated. The progress report uses the age category of 3 - 11 years old while the allocation report uses 8 - 11. As it is, we are not able to reconcile the calculation of that amount. All other amounts tie out great with what we report.

What would be the possibility of tweaking the progress report to match the 8 - 11 year category of the allocation report? Or, how is the amount calculated? Is it a proportion of the 3 - 11? The progress report uses ages 3 - 11 who have attended at least one meeting during the month. Maybe we have more active primary children in the 3 - 7 age than the 8 - 11 range, or the reverse.


See the wiki article Budget allowance for the details. But basically it is the actual number of children 8-11 times the overall Primary attendance percentage.

I imagine the Church doesn't want to change the Quarterly Report to have more details than are necessary, so this is a reasonable estimate, using numbers that are already available. You're right that a precise number might be lower or higher, but my guess is that in a majority of wards the estimate is a bit higher than an actual count would be, so we shouldn't complain.

A similar estimate is done for Young Single Adults, using the sacrament meeting attendance percentage and the actual number of Young Single Adults. If you really are curious, and use these exact figures (as of the last day of the quarter), you'll find that you can indeed reconcile the budget allowance figures sent by CHQ.

Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:20 am
by calebpusey
At the bottom of the budget allocation letters that are sent to the stake, there is also an explanation on how the allocation is calculated.