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By completing and returning this worksheet, states “signed-off” on the final indicators and the compliance verification method for each indicator.

The final list of SQG indicators and compliance verification methods can be found at Exhibit 3.1 in Section 3.3.

2.4 FINALIZING THE DATA COLLECTION METHODS

Initially, some states planned to use new field observation data and others planned to use existing inspection data. In order to ensure data quality standards were met during data collection, the Project Management Team required each to state sign a certification of data quality that the following conditions were met:

  • Data collected under this project was representative of the population as a whole.

  • The data had the precision expressed in the indicator definition and compliance

verification procedures.

  • The data had the sensitivity expressed in the indicator definition and compliance

verification procedures.

  • The data was free of bias due to field observer interpretation.

  • The data was complete.

See Section 3.3 for the Certification of Data Quality template.

The Project Management Team established standards to ensure a high level of data quality for new and existing data.

2.4.1 Standards for Collecting “New” and Existing Data

New data had to meet the following standards:

  • Facilities inspected had to be selected randomly from the complete population of facilities in the study universe, using the agreed upon methodology.

  • The field observers had to fully understand what was meant by each indicator, how "pass" or "fail" on each indicator was determined, and how to collect the data.

  • The field observer had to complete the "checklists" accurately.

  • Each checklist had to be filled out in its entirety.

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