The International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Subcommittee on Peer Reviews implements an annual global survey on various peer review aspects within the INTOSAI community.
The 2019 survey, available in English, French and Spanish, was distributed to nearly 480 delegates. While there was success in connecting with such a broad and diverse audience, including Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in more remote locations, the response rate was only 10% (lowest in survey history).
As of March 2019, statistical analysis revealed a total of 2,080 downloads of peer review-related documents currently available on the CBC web-based library (www.intosaicbc.org). SAI Hungary’s 2016 report and the European Court of Auditors 2014 report logged the most downloads.
Typically, if a SAI conducts two peer reviews, there is a significant break (8-10 years) between them. Additionally, peer review follow-ups, as suggested in International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions 5600, are very seldom.
The survey also measured interest in attending a 2020 workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia, to focus practical aspects and experiences in the peer review process. Twenty-five SAIs expressed preliminary interest in such a seminar.
At the 2018 INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee (CBC) meeting in Kuwait, the subcommittee posed adjusting the survey interval from annual to bi-annual in an effort to capture more responses in the future, as seeking input annually may be too frequent.
Visit https://www.intosaicbc.org/subcommittee-3-on-peer-reviews-2/ to learn more about the Subcommittee on Peer Reviews.