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Auditing Performance Outcomes

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Apr 24 - Apr 25, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-WED
Washington , DC $699 O
Aug 01 - Aug 02, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , WED-THU
Atlanta , GA $699 O
Aug 21 - Aug 22, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-WED
Kansas City , MO $699 O
Sep 10 - Sep 11, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , MON-TUE
Washington , DC $699 O
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Course overview

If you seek the skill set required to successfully conduct audits to determine the impact(benefit)attributable to agency programs and changes made in program operations, this course is for you. Learn which "cause and effect" questions call for an audit to determine the outcome results attributable to an initiative, a new program or recent change to an existing program. Explore three evaluation designs useful to auditors in conducting such audits. These designs isolate the results or impact attributable to an initiative by comparing the performance achieved with the initiative to what performance would have been without it. Learn the conditions for applying each design, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each design, in ruling out the effect of any rival causes. Through multiple case exercises, practice planning audits and developing findings that apply the three designs. Learn how to prepare a Cost and Benefit Analysis to determine if the results attributable to an implemented initiative areworth the cost.

Who should attend?

Auditors with extensive experience in performance auditing. This course is beneficial for anyone preparing to take the CGAP Exam. Level: Advanced.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize what audit questions call for an impact audit with the objective of determining the outcome results attributable to an initiative
  • Explain how impact audits with a focus on outcome results are similar to and different from traditional performance audits
  • Describe the basic metholodogy for conducting impact audits
  • Define and apply the finding elements for impact audits
  • Cite the items of background information about the program or initiative under audit that needs to be collected in conducting an impact audit
  • Write objectives that provide direction for planning and reporting on impact audits
  • Describe three methodology designs, their strengths and weaknesses, for conducting impact audits
  • Identify rival causes that can adversely affect an auditor's ability to draw sound conclusions about the results attributable to an initiative
  • Choose and apply the design that is most applicable in conducting a given impact audit considering data availability and rival causes
  • Explain the use of Cost and Benefit Analysis and how the results of impact audits are used in such analysis
  • Prepare a Cost and Benefit Analysis of an implemented program or initiative

Course outline

  • Module 1 - Basics in Auditing Outcomes
  • Module 2 - Preparing for an Impact Audit
  • Module 3 - Designs for conducting Impact Audits
  • Module 4 - Applying the Designs
  • Module 5 - Cost and Benefit Analysis
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