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Audit Reports with Impact

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The IPA is delighted to announce a special one day seminar, Audit Reports with Impact, which will take place on 2 February 2017.

The seminar will be facilitated by Sara I. James, who is a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors' Scottish Committee.

For internal auditors, the final audit report as presented to senior management, the audit committee and other stakeholders is a distillation of a significant process of analysis and fact finding. Each individual internal audit report contains insights and information concerning the organisation’s activities, systems, process and governance. It is therefore critical that internal auditors are empowered with the ability to convey these insights in a manner that speaks clearly to recipients.

Seminar activities include a variety of practical exercises as well as group discussion.  As the seminar is open to delegates from different organisations, Sara will use excerpts from audit reports in the public domain – ‘real-life' reports – throughout the day.

Who Should Attend?

This seminar will be of interest to anyone who needs to produce audit reports with clear, concise content. It will be particularly beneficial for members of audit, risk and fraud teams, as well as with organisations that want to revise their current report structures and templates.  Please note that numbers on this seminar are limited.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

Communicate more effectively to a variety of audiences through:

  • recognising bad habits that make written communication hard to read and understand;
  • using proven techniques to produce clearer, more concise writing; and
  • identifying common errors in grammar, punctuation and usage that affect the writer’s professional image.

Produce reports that meet the business’ or client’s needs. They will have practised:

  • analysing both the overall structure and the individual components of a report for maximum effectiveness; and
  • reviewing their own and others’ work in a focussed, efficient and productive way.

Seminar Leader

Sara I. James, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors’ Scottish committee (  Sara holds a PhD from the University of Virginia and has over 25 years' teaching, writing and publishing experience in the US and Europe. She has also worked in a variety of organisations and sectors, including at executive level. With ISO9001 and Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA) qualifications under her belt, she spent several years in Group Internal Audit at a major financial institution, where she was in charge of training for the global function.

Since starting her own business, Getting Words to Work, Sara has provided writing skills training to numerous audit teams in the public and private sectors worldwide. She has worked closely with the Institute on its communications skills guidelines, contributed technical guidance, and produced articles on clear writing for Audit & Risk magazine.

Date, Venue and Fee

Date: 2 February 2017 (09:30 - 17:00)

Venue: Institute of Public Administration, 57 - 61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62

Fee: The cost of this seminar is €405 for Corporate Members of the Institute and €450 for others. Fee includes seminar documentation, lunch and refreshments.

Bookings / Enquiries

Should you require further information about this seminar or to book your place, please contact:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration | 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135 | Email:

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57-61 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 | Tel: +353 1 240 3600 | Fax: +353 1 668 9135 | Registration no: 21087