Definition: Statistical survey preparation
UN metadata terminology
First operative task that includes an establishing of a frame of survey as for the data sources, respondents, objects of observation and interest, drawing a sample from the frame and establishing of empty observation register. A survey preparation is executed after the survey plan has been established.
Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE), "Terminology on Statistical Metadata", Conference of European Statisticians Statistical Standards and Studies, No. 53, Geneva, 2000