Code of Practice assessment tool and benchmarking report

Measuring and comparing your organisation’s counter fraud arrangements with others will highlight where improvements are needed.

The CIPFA Better Governance Forum (BGF) and the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre have developed an accessible and easy to use assessment tool that measures your counter fraud arrangements against the Counter Fraud Code of Practice

It works by helping you to identify where your organisation’s strengths lie and where remedial action may be needed. It also allows you to benchmark your organisation against others, giving you an invaluable insight into the experience of your peers.

About the assessment tool and benchmarking report

The assessment tool:

  • evaluates your performance against the Counter Fraud Code
  • generates reports and graphs to illustrate your performance against the code
  • includes examples of good practice to help inform your assessment
  • records comments, providing a robust evidence base for the assessment
  • tracks progress for you and  your team
  • supports your annual governance statement (AGS) and informs your development plans.

Local authorities will find the tool particularly useful when they come to prepare their AGS, which must include an evaluation of the adequacy of their counter fraud arrangements.

When you have entered your information into the tool, you have the option to submit it to the CIPFA benchmarking team, who will then create a bespoke report comparing the performance of your counter fraud arrangements with those of your peers. 

Download a sample benchmarking report to get a flavour of the insights offered by the report.

Watch a video on how the assessment tool works: 

The assessment tool requires you to have Excel 2010 or newer to ensure optimum performance. If you are using Excel 2003 or 2007, you will experience loss of functionality. Full instructions and a set of frequently asked questions are included.

One of your subscription benefits

Organisations that subscribe to the Counter Fraud Centre are sent their bespoke assessment tool on joining the Centre. Instructions on how to submit data for the benchmarking report are included in the tool.

Not a Counter Fraud Centre subscriber?

To purchase the assessment tool and benchmarking report, priced at £495, click here.

To find out more about subscribing to the Counter Fraud Centre, click here.

If your organisation is part of a shared service, group discounts are available. Please contact us at for a quote.

Introduction to the Code of Practice Assessment Tool

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Counter Fraud Assessment Tool Sample Benchmarking Report

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