Ever thinking about the world of auditing ‘cross the pond?’ (Or, in our case, around the desert, over the mountains, through the woods, and THEN ‘cross the pond.) If not, you’re probably not alone. Fortunately for us, and for the country of Scotland, they have a dedicated audit shop with their own blog!

In a recent presentation, Audit Scotland employed interactive Tableau software to better present data on the funding of infrastructure projects throughout Scotland.

“What we found is that the interactivity highlights data and trends that might be missed in a big table of information. Not only does the software make data look great it also does the analysis quicker than what we have done in the past. We are now thinking of whether Tableau could be used to help us scope our performance audits.

We hope this gives people a better understanding of how the public pound is spent in Scotland. And it may help councils and other public bodies make useful comparisons and help sharing of best practice.”

Read more here about Audit Scotland’s first foray into interactive data. You may well be reading about the future of auditing itself; almost anything quantifiable can be presented in creative and illuminating ways. Play with the Tableau presentation itself here.

Click here to read up on Scotland the country, and here to look at even more pictures of Shetland ponies wearing sweaters (or just watch the video below).