Adding value to your organisation

Expectations of internal audit leaders have never been greater as the risk profiles of organisations develop over time. However, for many, these greater expectations mean doing more with the same resources. This requires effectively prioritising audit work and developing risk-based audit plans that truly meet the needs of the organisation, along with exploring more efficient approaches to work. 

From agile auditing, new ways of reporting, to evolving the internal audit function, here you can find the resources and guidance you need to add even more value to your organisation.

Adding strategy to the audit plan
This paper takes a positive approach as to why and how internal audit should undertake audits in the strategic arena.

Agile internal auditing
Learn about 'agile' methodology and how you can apply it to your internal audit work. With case studies from Barclays, Kingfisher and RSA.

Auditors as advisors
The definition of internal audit includes both assurance and consulting activity. This article explores what the standards say, and the challenges facing audit leaders.

Business resilience
This paper looks at the evolution of managing significant disruptive events and asks whether internal audit is providing the assurance that matters to the board.

COSO framework overview
An overview of COSO and the latest thinking regarding enterprise risk management (ERM).

Insights from the NHS for all sectors
We asked four people with a wealth of internal audit experience for their candid views on the future of the NHS. 

Is your strategy evolving internal audit?
Key points to consider when writing or reviewing your internal audit strategy.

Managing transformation projects
How internal audit can provide assurance and consultancy during times of change.

Negotiating for success
How to influence and persuade your stakeholders to ensure your audit findings have a meaningful impact.

New ways of reporting
Different methods and perspectives on how to share your audit reports with different audiences.

Organisational network analysis
Organisational network analysis (ONA) is a way to make sense of the informal and insightful communication networks that exist alongside formal hierarchies. In this paper, we work through the technique and look at how it can benefit internal auditors.

Reputation: the overall sense of integrity and trust, so what is internal audit's role?
Learn about the value internal audit can add to provide assurance your organisation’s reputation is not damaged.

Reputational currency - how healthy is your account?
This guidance discusses the concept of reputational currency and the role that internal audit has in providing assurance over how organisations are proactively managing their reputation, and its value.

Risk culture
What is the risk maturity and the risk culture of your organisation and how do you report these?

Strategic relationships
How to build, maintain and have a successful relationship with senior management and board.

Sustainability assurance
Learn about reporting your organisation’s environmental sustainability. 

The culture conundrum
Insight and theory on organisational culture; the detail that sits between the lines of many articles and conversations on the subject.

Things to consider when preparing for your annual audit opinion
This guidance is designed to support heads of internal audit (HIAs) in preparing for their annual opinion or for the more experienced to review and possibly rethink their approach.

What are you worth?
Insights into marketing and branding your internal audit function to help achieve results.

Why IT projects fail, time and again!
Explore IT project assurance through a series of questions that audit leaders may find themselves asking of the person in the mirror or in candid discussion at networking events.