A Tool to Assess the Integrity of Supreme Audit Institutions
SAINT (Self-Assessment INTegrity) is a tool which enables public sector organisations to assess their vulnerability and resilience to integrity violations. SAINT also yields recommendations on how to improve integrity management. SAINT is a self-diagnosis tool presented as a (two-day) workshop for a group of participants from the assessed entity.
IntoSAINT is a particular version of SAINT, customised to meet the specific needs of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs). IntoSAINT is available for members of the international association of supreme audit institutions (INTOSAI).
The self-assessment takes place in an structured two-day workshop, moderated by a trained facilitator. The instrument is targeted at corruption prevention and leads to management recommendations to support the integrity of the organisation.
It is a ‘qualitative tool’ that enables the user to design a tailor made integrity policy and at the same time increase the integrity awareness of employees.
SAINT is developed by the Netherlands Court of Audit in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and the Bureau Integrity of the city of Amsterdam.
The adapted version for SAIS, IntoSAINT, has been piloted in 6 different countries: South Africa, Finland, Ghana, Indonesia, The Netherlands and Yemen. The workshop methodology is available since 2011 for all INTOSAI members, provided they participate in the resource pool of facilitators, co-operate to improve this instrument and exchange experiences systematically on an voluntary basis. The Netherlands Court of Audit developed the methodology and is proud to share the material with the INTOSAI community on the condition of quotation of sources.
Many countries have shown their interest and by 2013 more than 200 moderators are trained. More and more IntoSAINT workshops are conducted. For an overview see: IntoSAINT experience