Can performance audit data influence the success of small and medium sized government projects
Australian Institute of Project Management
School of Business and Law / Centre for Innovative Practice
Lessons learned remain rare in projects and storing and retrieving these remains problematic. However, official government performance audits of small and medium sized government ICT projects already exist and can be used to understand the different influences, tailored approaches, tools and techniques required to deliver project success. Using a multi-methods approach, a structured literature review suggests that performance audit reports are an under-used source of secondary data for project management researchers. Whilst acknowledging the limitations of some audit reports related to bias, competence, equality and independence, a qualitative analysis of audit reports suggests data in them can be aligned with research into existing project management success groups and criteria. Consequently, they are a useful source of secondary data for researchers and provide lessons learned for practitioners. The extent to which project communities of practice utilise performance audit reports with regards to improving project success is the next phase of our research which will be conducted using a quantitative survey of practitioners. This forms part of a wider research project to examine the efficacy of official performance audit reports for public projects in improving future project performance.