Every type of department can benefit from comparing its structure, resources and performance to those at similar organizations; internal fraud investigation departments are no exception. Often, when evaluating a fraud investigation team, management has to rely primarily on the organization’s own historical data. And organizations that decide to establish new fraud teams might have very little data to guide them.
To address the lack of available benchmarking information for internal fraud investigation departments, the ACFE collected data about our members’ internal investigation teams and analyzed how they are structured and how they performed, as well as how they measured their own effectiveness. Our report, Benchmarking Your In-House Fraud Investigation Team, presents the results of this research, including key findings such as:
While the circumstances and needs of every organization differ, our hope is that Benchmarking Your In-House Fraud Investigation Team assists you in creating, assessing or implementing changes to your internal fraud investigation team.
Our survey was open to all ACFE members who work as part of an in-house team that performs fraud examinations for their employing organization. Survey responses were collected anonymously. We received a total of 1,118 survey responses, 828 of which were usable for purposes of our study. All analyses contained in the report are based on those qualifying responses that provided answers to the relevant survey question(s).
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