Auditing Performance Management Systems -- 1 Day

With an emphases on “fixing the system,” not just individual processes or programs, this course enables auditors to add enormous value to their government organization. Auditors will learn how to identify and recommend improvements in underlying systems, including strategic and performance planning; budgeting; monitoring and reporting; and decision-making that government organizations use for better decisions, accountability, and results for all their programs and services. Audits can help improve agency implementation of performance management legislation, such as the federal GPRAMA and similar state and local mandates, to achieve their purpose: that performance information is used to manage and improve government programs.

Learning Objectives

This course covers:

  • The basic performance management cycle and key variations in its use
  • Best practice criteria for assessing performance management systems
  • Essentials of mapping program logic, defining performance goals and objectives, and measuring performance
  • How to determine audit objectives, scope, and methods
  • How to make performance management system audits part of a regular program of performance auditing

The two-day course adds:

  • More depth on key performance management practices to increase participants’ opportunities to relate these practices to their own government
  • Exercises to develop an audit program for auditing a performance management system which participants can use as a model for planning audits of performance management systems of the organizations they audit
  • A real-time assessment by participants of current performance management systems and practices in their jurisdiction against best practices presented in this course

Related Courses

  • Auditing Performance Management Systems -- 2 Days
  • Auditing the Quality of Performance Reports
  • Auditing the Relevance and Reliability of Performance Information -- 1 Day
  • Field(s) of Study

    Auditing (Governmental)

    Course Length

    1 day

    Course Level



    Epstein, Paul
    Grifel, Stu
    Morgan, Stephen

    CPE Hours


    Group Cost

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