Search results

Showing 21 - 40 of 169 results

  1. Resetting major programmes

    Insight Lessons learned

    Published on:

    This report uses our experience of auditing programmes to draw together insights to help decision-makers determine whether they should reset a programme and how to increase the chances of a reset succeeding.

  2. How to improve operational services

    Insight Good practice guides

    Published on:

    These good practice guides share practical tips on improving the quality and efficiency of day-to-day services provided by government.

  3. Efficiency savings require learning past lessons

    Insight Opinion

    Published on:

    Gareth Davies, head of the NAO, outlines lessons from NAO reports into the government’s handling of COVID-19 in a keynote speech at the Houses of Parliament.

  4. The DECA: Understanding challenges in delivering project objectives

    Insight Good practice guides

    Published on:

    The Delivery Environment Complexity Analytic (DECA) is a tool developed by the National Audit Office (NAO) to provide a high level overview of the challenges, complexity and risks to delivery of a project, programme, policy or area of work.

  5. Regulation post-EU exit: what are the key issues?

    Insight Opinion

    Published on:

    We brought together experts on regulation and Britain’s relationship with Europe to discuss the issues facing regulators following the UK’s exit from the EU.   

  6. Guide to corporate finance in the public sector

    Insight Good practice guides

    Published on:

    This guide addresses the complex topic of corporate finance in the public sector and includes key questions to ask when scrutinising corporate finance activities.

  7. Improving government data: A guide for senior leaders

    Insight Good practice guides

    Published on:

    This guide is aimed at accounting officers, chief executives, director
    generals, directors and chief operating officers and people responsible for government services.

  8. Achieving value for money for government’s environmental goals

    Insight Opinion

    Published on:

    2021 was a big year for government’s commitments to the environment. The statutory target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was backed up with a strategy and the Environment Bill gives legal force to nature recovery targets. The challenge now lies in turning targets and strategies into actions that will combat rising […]

  9. Communication with academy trust auditors

    Insight Financial audit guidance

    Published on:

    This communication provides an understanding of an academy auditor’s role and the NAO’s expectation of them.

  10. Mapping the Justice landscape 

    Insight Opinion

    Published on:

    This piece explains how the NAO uses spatial analytics to bring audit teams closer to the data and visualise the complex geographic relationships at work behind the scenes in the justice system.

  11. Evaluating government spending: an audit framework

    Insight Good practice guides

    Published on:

    We have prepared this guide to help accounting officers, other senior leaders and policymakers understand how the NAO assesses the robustness of the evaluation arrangements in departments.

  12. Taking on the challenge of public sector cyber security

    Insight Opinion

    Published on:

    The government recently published its new Cyber Security Strategy specifically aimed at building a cyber resilient public sector. Resilience is key in underpinning its vision to make the UK a cyber power in a world increasingly shaped by technologies that offer many benefits but also pose risks. The strategy reiterates that government remains an attractive […]