Follow this general approach.
- Welcome the auditor
- Set a constructive tone in your office and with the auditor
- Use the audit as an opportunity to look critically at the program
- Educate the auditor
- Program mission, goals, objectives and accomplishments
- Constraints and obstacles
- Efforts to correct previously noted problems
- Work with (help) the auditor
- Selecting and setting the criteria
- Interpreting the evidence
- Diagnosing problems
- Be an open book
- Set a tone of openness and transparency
- Assist the auditor with data collection
- Provide requested evidence
- Make auditors aware of problems — don't make the auditors "find" them
- Make the auditor part of the solution
- Enable the auditor to become your consultant
- Listen to and learn from the auditor
- Ask for best practices and proven solutions
Familiarize yourself with basic performance audit information. These audit phases include useful tools and resources to successfully host a performance audit.
These resources offer valuable tips on hosting performance audits.
- How to Host a Performance Audit: Helpful Tips and Best Practices. This report explains the phases of an audit and provides tips and best practices for each phase. There is also a summary PowerPoint training based on the report.