The Excel workbooks is an electronic versions of the paper survey form. This file allows respondents to email sections of the survey within their company to collect information that is not centrally available.
No, the BRDS Excel workbook is provided by the Census Bureau as an optional tool companies may use to help complete the survey.
The Excel workbook makes it easier to collect data needed to complete the survey. It is designed to carry forward applicable answers throughout the survey section that is being completed. This allows questions to reference your answers to previous questions in the section, making it easier to understand how questions are related to each other. The Excel spreadsheet also check for imbalances between detail and total values. This will make it easier for you to know when there is an arithmetic mistake.