Feature Articles

Improving Quality Through Effective Management Frameworks
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Improving Quality Through Effective Management Frameworks

Controlling and assuring quality can be challenging, particularly in environments where resources are limited, since quality involves systems and processes aimed at ensuring SAIs issue reports that are appropriate and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Creating a central, dedicated quality office is essential—it allows a SAI to focus on...

A Model to Examine Audit Effectiveness: Nationally, Globally
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A Model to Examine Audit Effectiveness: Nationally, Globally

Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) represent important mechanisms in safeguarding public resources, and the broad authorities of the Comptroller of Israel are intended to, among other things, strengthen good governance. However, evaluating public audit effectiveness and its ability to enhance good governance is complex and often difficult, if not impossible. This article explores modeling to examine audit effectiveness, including...

Determinants Affecting Audit Quality
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Determinants Affecting Audit Quality

The State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV) issues audit reports at every audit's conclusion, yet judging and comparing quality among various audits is a difficult task. Some research cites audit quality as the ability for auditors to detect and report material misstatements during the audit process. This ability is highly dependent on auditor proficiency and independence, particularly when misstatements may be derived from fraud. While several studies have focused on providing solutions to improve audit quality, these solutions do not facilitate...

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods: The Optimal Combination for Effective Audits
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Quantitative and Qualitative Methods: The Optimal Combination for Effective Audits

The creation of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Working Group on Big Data speaks to the increased attention to enhanced data analytics. While much consideration has focused on quantitative techniques, this article highlights qualitative analysis, its relevance and ability to complement quantitative methods used in Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) work. Though they contribute differently to an audit (broadly defined to also include evaluation), quantitative and qualitative methods share a common purpose...