What Is Relevance?
In this survey, we explore the perspectives of internal audit leaders and other practitioners on the topic of relevance. We also evaluate how leading internal audit functions are positioning themselves to deliver against the goal of increasing relevance.
Broadly speaking, being relevant means being connected and aligned on what’s important and being insightful and providing value through communications and other forms of information sharing.
As we see in the survey results, while there are some clear priorities and areas of focus, there is also variability as to where internal audit leaders are focusing their efforts. Pursuing relevance for internal audit functions can take many different forms, some of which include examining:
- Processes around how vision and strategy are established;
- How talent is accessed and aligned to tasks;
- How internal audit works across the organisation to coordinate and align with other risk and assurance functions;
- How risk assessment processes are reimagined to be more dynamic;
- The pursuit of agile concepts and more impactful reporting and communications; and
- The use and integration of data and enabling technologies.
Relevance can be, and necessarily is, defined a little differently depending on organisational context, current capabilities and gaps, mandates from executives and the board, regulatory scrutiny, and more. Herein lies part of the beauty in a focus on relevance – there will be multiple, entirely valid paths to the same overall goal.
Explore the results of our research
Survey Methodology and Demographics
Protiviti conducted its global 2023 Next-Generation Internal Audit Survey online from November through December 2022. More than 550 internal audit leaders and professionals (n = 573) completed the survey questionnaire, two-thirds of whom reported as a CAE or Audit Director.