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Guidance and templates for portfolio, programme and project assurance

Guidance and templates to support government organisations to implement a fit-for-purpose assurance approach for their digital investments.

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    Understanding your assurance accountabilities

    These resources will help Senior Responsible Owners (SROs) understand the value of assurance and the Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO)'s core expectations for good assurance practice:

    Assurance guidance for Senior Responsible Owners of digital investments — pocket guide (PDF 127KB)

    Pocket guide: Understanding the value of assurance for digital investments (PDF 191KB)

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    Developing your assurance plan

    These resources will help you develop a fit-for-purpose assurance plan based on a clear understanding of delivery risk and the outcomes being sought:

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    Maximising the value of independent assurance reviews

    These resources will help you create a comprehensive engagement terms of reference for an independent assurance review, and to select the right provider with the right experience to deliver a high-quality review:

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    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:

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    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?
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    Capturing lessons learned

    At the end of a stage (tranche / phase / iteration / increment):

    • conduct a post implementation review to identify lessons learned
    • share your lessons learned with us to:
      • help inform a system-wide view of trends
      • share examples of working ‘smarter’ for other government organisations to use.


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