Digitalization of the audit and monitoring operations

The National Audit Office has launched a digitalization development programme for 2021–2023 in accordance with its strategy. The objective of the programme is to productize digital and data analytics solutions that will free our experts’ time for the actual audit work at all project phases – from planning to implementation and to making audit information available to our customers and stakeholders.

The programme is divided into four areas, the first one of which is knowledge-based management and the building of a digital foundation. The objectives will be implemented gradually from the beginning of 2021.

We are developing knowledge-based management of audits

We aim to define how we can support our experts’ work by digital and data analytics services in audits combining the different audit types of the NAOF. To this end, we will launch the concept development of digital audit in 2021 together with audit experts and selected customer and stakeholder groups. The concept will be gradually incorporated into our operations through the digital development model and portfolio management.

The objective is to genuinely streamline the main audit processes and the related support processes from start to finish. The streamlining will be planned and implemented gradually. At the same time, we will promote the introduction of a common audit system, i.e. the digital and data analytics tools we have productized, in our audits.

In addition to the knowledge-based management of audits and their planning, we will develop the knowledge-based management of the entire NAOF’s operations: we will develop data analytics and reporting for the NAOF’s management to provide information on the basis of which we will be able to plan and implement our audit projects effectively.

We will strengthen the development of knowledge and data management as well as the technical foundation for digitalization

We will start building the digital foundation from three entities. First, we will launch a digital development and change management model and introduce new roles and information systems to support it. This will create a system for ensuring that development proceeds in a controlled manner as a whole. We will develop the skills needed for digitalization, on the one hand, by identifying the competence required by the digital transformation in different roles and, on the other hand, by providing our staff with opportunities to develop in practical projects.

Second, we will continue to develop our data architecture on the basis of our current information management model and the needs of our operations. We will turn the existing information resources into a form that is better usable in auditing and ensure that we have such information management processes and roles that enable us to process information in accordance with the requirements and in a controlled manner. We will develop and expand our opportunities to utilize and cultivate public administration information and other external information that we need in our audit and monitoring.

Third, we will draw up a target architecture for the NAOF’s digital and data analytics services and start its implementation, responding to the most critical needs of our operations.

To support digital development, we will find the necessary external partners. Once we have built a strong digital foundation for the NAOF, we will continue the digitalization according to our strategy in a controlled manner in the coming years so that we can produce effective audit information in a verifiable and secure manner.