The audit report communicates the results of the audit work. For that reason alone it is perhaps one of the most important parts of the audit process. It is important because it is what the department and senior management sees, and in some cases may be the only product of our work that management receives. If written and communicated well, it can act as a positive change agent prompting management to take corrective action.
Writing an effective audit report starts with a clear understanding of how the report will be used, viewed, acted upon by department management. Audit reports have three major objectives:
- Inform: To make department management aware of a situation by communicating the results of our audit work.
- Persuade: To convince department management that our comments are valid and worthwhile.
- Results: To convince department managers to take appropriate action.
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Additional Resources for Writing
Report Issuance Control Sheet Template
Report Cover Template
Report Letter Sample Format
Grammar & Punctuation (includes active/passive voice)
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