Writing internal audit reports – *updated*
March 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT
One event on 27th February 2018 at 9:00 am
One event on 14th June 2018 at 9:00 am
One event on 15th November 2018 at 9:00 am
One event on 28th March 2019 at 9:00 am
One event on 8th July 2019 at 9:00 am
One event on 30th September 2019 at 9:00 am
One event on 18th November 2019 at 9:00 am
One event on 2nd March 2020 at 9:00 am
Internal auditors have to create reports that are clear, logical and convincing, otherwise, they will not be acted upon. Creating compelling content needs a good understanding of the presentation of facts and the correct and logical sequencing of observations and findings. This introduction to audit report writing shows you how to produce reports that have an impact and add real value to your organisation.
Who should attend?
Open to everyone, but is probably best suited to those with less than three years report writing experience or those that are new to internal audit.
What will I learn?
Upon completion you will be able to:
- Write a report empathising with target audiences’ requirements;
- Bring into play structured writing techniques that maximise acceptance of the audit viewpoint;
- Apply thinking and writing strategies to maximise conciseness, precision, readability and clarity; and
- Self‐check your own work to help minimise oversight overheads, and implement writing techniques that improve the value outcome of an audit.
The course is accompanied by an indexed manual that includes full course text, examples and strategies for audit report writing.
Please note, the course does not teach spelling or grammar – that knowledge is assumed.
Audience and framework: having empathy with your audience
- The target audience
- Structure of audit reports
- Style expectations and amount of detail expected
- Action plans
- Process enhancements and dealing with corrective action that was taken during the audit
- Integrating writing into the audit process – gaining synergy
- The five C’s approach for recording issues: condition, criterion or comparator, cause, consequence (impact) and conclusion (recommendation or action plan)
- Prioritisation and rating of recommendations
- The layout of observations in reports
- Quality checking detailed findings in the main body of a report.
Executive summaries: telling the story
- Introductions and background materials in executive summaries
- Purpose statements
- Objective and scope statements
- Overall results and opinions
- Creating a balanced summarisation section of key findings
- The four C’s of summary writing
- Points of practice – assurance statements – audit opinions.
Get to the point: conciseness, preciseness and readability
- Simplifying language – be concise and precise
- Jargon and management speak – readability
- Using software to assist quality assurance and enhance readability
- Checking spelling and structure.
Presented by: Mindgrove Ltd
Duration: One full day
All the courses in this section are created, designed and presented by the staff of Mindgrove UK.