Read our 100 Tips for Performance Auditors. This publication includes a compilation of tips from previous editions of our Audit Tips series. Our tips cover 15 different topics, from various aspects of the audit process to specific audit topics and new technologies that are changing the audit profession.
6 Tips to Conduct an Effective Audit Interview
Conducting interviews is a key evidence-gathering technique for performance auditors. While auditors can prepare for an interview by reading piles of documents and drafting a structured questionnaire, to be effective they also need to go to the interview with the right attitude.
4 Tips to Write Better Audit Reports
Today's technologies are changing how we communicate and access new information at breakneck speed. Smart phones, tablets and computers are significantly altering how we read and learn. Technology has also changed how reports are—or should be—written. Gone are the days of long, dry, dense reports. To keep people's attention—and keep people reading—we need to think differently about how we write and present information.
4 Ways to Increase the Impact of Environmental Performance Audits
Environmental pressures and degradation continue to be of concern. In Canada there are important environmental challenges. From declining biodiversity to contaminated drinking water, from the impacts of climate change to urban smog, from threatened aquifers to invasive species, communities and ecosystems from coast to coast in Canada are experiencing problems that need to be addressed. The good news is that performance audits constitute a great opportunity to bring about change, to have an impact, and to add value.
4 Facts You Should Know About Auditing Gender Equality
Gender inequalities are still deep-rooted in all countries and societies. They are the most pervasive, systemic, and structural of all inequalities—and they affect us all. Audits can play a key role by determining whether governments are meeting their commitments, achieving planned results, and putting in place policies and programs that work.
5 Considerations When Choosing Value Added Audits
Choosing an audit topic is a crucial moment in the performance audit process. Ultimately, audit topic selection reflects on the credibility and the relevance of the audit organization and on the usefulness of its audit reports. A good way of selecting the right audit topic is to aim to add value for the recipient of the audit report. A value added audit is more likely to be well received and to lead to concrete improvements. But what does “value added” really mean?