Introduction to Research

Risk Reporting in the Public Sector  

Dear Participant, 

This research project is being carried out by the risk team at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) with ALARM.  The key contact for this research is:

Dr Claire MacRae
Lecturer Risk | Accounting, Finance & Risk, GSBS

Programme Leader MSc Risk Management | BA (Hons) Risk and Law
T: +44 (0)141 331 8497 | F: +44 (0)141 331 8497 | E: Claire.MacRae@gcu.ac.uk
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA,
Scotland, United Kingdom

All data collated will be collated and stored in the appropriate manner and in accordance with data protection legislation (Data Protection Act 2018) and within University research guidelines.  Data collated will contribute to general observations in the public sector contributing to a final report, guidance and academic publication. 

Kind regards,
Claire 

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* 1. Please select from the following list the type of organisation in which you are currently employed:

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* 2. What is your current job title?

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* 3. Please indicate your occupational level within your organisation:

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* 4. Please select from the following list the location of your organisation:

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* 5. Please indicate the approximate length of service in your current post:

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* 6. To what extent do you agree that risk management has been integrated into 'business as usual management' and aligned with the business strategy?

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* 7. Please select from the following list the statement which best reflects your organisational approach to risk management.  We have based our risk management structure on:

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* 8. To what extent do you agree that your organisation’s risk guidance and tools have been made available to all staff?

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* 9. To what extent do you agree that the following processes are well-established within your organisation?  Please select from the following list:

  Strongly Agree  Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree  Disagree  Strongly Disagree
Risk Reporting Processes
Review and Monitoring Processes 
Risk Escalation Processes 
Processes to communicate Risk Information to committee/board
Risk Report attaching Risk Register 

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* 10. Which of the following do you use to gather risk information in your organisation and how often do you utilise these processes?

Please indicate frequency of use and select the relevant statements from the following list:

  Very frequently Frequently Occasionally Rarely Very Rarely  Never 
We engage in scenario planning activities to identify emerging and current risks.
We analyse loss data and near misses and report this to the committee/board.
We use self-assessment techniques to collate risk data.  
We use incident analysis to collate risk data.  
We gather risk data by exploring trends from external sources.

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* 11. Which of the following reflects the frequency of risk reporting within your organisation to the board? Please select from the following list:

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* 12. To what extent do you agree the following to be challenges in reporting risk information to the committee/board?  Please select the most appropriate answer from the following list:

  Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree  Strongly Disagree 
Creating risk reports which committee/board members understand.
Accessing appropriate risk data internally to communicate risk issues to the committee/board.
Displaying risk data in appropriate formats for the committee/board.

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* 13. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?  
Please select the most appropriate answer from the following list:

  Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor DIsagree Disagree Strongly Disagree
In risk reporting the committee/board papers don't provide an adequate overview of your department.
In risk reporting there is too much focus on compliance.
In risk reporting we focus on emerging and moving risks.
In risk reporting we focus too little on emerging and moving risks.
Risk registers are essentially backward looking, towards a dynamic view of the real-world impact of risks on the activities of the organisation.

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* 14. In what way(s) is risk information presented to the committee/board? Please select the most appropriate answer (s) from the following list:

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* 15. In your opinion what would be the most useful way of presenting information to the committee/board?

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* 16. Please indicate by selecting the most appropriate answer from the following list.

To what extent do you consider the risk information provided to your committee/board for informed decision making to be:

  Strongly Agree  Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree
Sufficient?
Relevant?
Understood?
Timely?
Communicated in the correct way? 

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* 17. Are you confident that your committee/board has the required knowledge and experience to understand risk and how to manage those risks?

Please select the most appropriate answer from the following list:

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* 18. To what extent does the organisation’s assessment of its top risks resonate with your knowledge of the organisation? Please select the most appropriate response from the following list:

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* 19. To what extent do you consider the committee/board to be knowledgeable in the following risk areas to enable the effective management of risk? Please select the most appropriate answer from the following list:

  A great deal  A lot  A moderate amount  A little  None at all 
Technology Risk 
Socio-Economic 
Financial Risk 
Environmental Risk 

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* 20. To what extent do you consider that the committee/board should be more knowledgeable in the following areas to enable accurate decision-making? Please select the most appropriate answer from the following list:

  A great deal  A lot  A moderate amount A little  None at all 
Technology Risk 
Socio-Economic Risk 
Financial Risk 
Environmental Risk 

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* 21. To what extent do the committee/board understand the following to achieve an optimum positioning in responding to risk? Please select the most appropriate answer from the following list:

  A great deal  A lot  A moderate amount  A little  None at all 
An understanding of the costs of risk impacts?
An understanding of the costs and effectiveness of each of the possible mitigating actions?
Comparisons with other risks and priorities?
The extent to which your organisation's risks have been articulated so that the risk cause, event and effect are clear?

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* 22. If a guide were produced to support risk reporting to the committee/board what would you like to see in it?

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* 23. Any final comments?

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* 24. Would you be willing to take part in any further research or be willing to share knowledge/expertise with other colleagues? If so please provide contact details name, email and/or telephone:

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