Guidance and templates
Understanding your assurance accountabilities
To support SROs to fulfil their core assurance accountabilities, we have developed a pocket guide that explains their key responsibilities and how to apply the principles of good assurance:
Pocket guide for Senior Responsible Owners (PDF 707KB)
Developing your assurance plan
We have a number of resources to support you to develop a fit-for-purpose assurance plan based on a clear understanding of risk and the outcomes being sought:
Assurance plan — quality review checklist (Word 130KB)
Assurance plan — template (Word 71KB)
Maximising the value of independent assurance reviews
The following resources will help you to create an engagement terms of reference that reflects the complexity and risk of your investment and select the right provider with the right experience to deliver a high quality review:
GCDO Assurance Services Panel — pocket guide (PDF 711KB)
Terms of reference — quality review checklist (Word 131KB)
Terms of reference — template (Word 67KB)
Ensuring high quality assurance information
The quality of assurance reports is critical to make well-informed decisions. Use these resources to review the quality of assurance reports:
Assurance report — quality review checklist (Word 136KB)
Overseeing assurance activities and recommendations
- How will progress against the assurance plan be monitored at the governance level?
- How will the status of issues raised in assurance reports be tracked and reported at the governance level?
Capturing lessons learned
At the end of a stage (tranche/phase/iteration/increment), a post implementation review should be held to identify lessons learned. We would like you to share your lessons learned with us to help inform a system-wide view of trends and share examples of working ‘smarter’ for other government agencies to use.
If you are keen to share your lessons contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org