2018 Alarm CIPFA Risk Management Benchmarking

Providing governance, assurance and performance

Based on Alarm’s National performance model for risk management in public services (2009), Benchmarking focuses on seven strands of risk management activity:

  • Leadership and management
  • Strategy and policy
  • People
  • Partnership, shared risks and resources
  • Processes and tools
  • Risk handling and assurance
  • Outcomes and delivery.

How does it work?

Risk management is graded on a five-point scale from Level 1 (Basic awareness) to Level 5 (Driving) where risk management is fully embedded into the organisation and influencing how it is managed and decisions made.

CIPFA issues a report to Club Members showing how Members' assessments compare.

What are the benefits?
  • Assess your organisation against a national standard.
  • Compare performance with similar organisations.
  • Track changes in performance over time.
  • Identify risks that similar organisations are including in their strategic risk registers.
  • Provide evidence of assurance to audit committees and senior management.
  • Identify how successful organisations facilitate risk management.
  • Inform annual risk management plans.
  • Share best practice and learn from fellow risk professionals.
  • Receive an automatically populated action plan as you complete the exercise.
  • Clear and simple reports available online.

What is the timetable?
Data to be returned to CIPFA Friday 28 September 2018
CIPFA draft reports available Friday 2 November 2018
CIPFA final reports sent to participants Friday 30 November 2018


How much does it cost?
Size of organisation Alarm Member fee Non-member fee
1 - 1,000 employees £350 +VAT £375 +VAT
1,001+ employees £700 +VAT £750 +VAT

The fee includes clear and simple data collection, a telephone helpline and email service, detailed comparative reports and interactive tools, online access to all outputs and a place at review meetings?

How do I join?

The 2018 Benchmarking Club is now closed. For more information about the 2019 Benchmarking Club, please contact the Alarm Office.