General Accounting and Reporting

Improve the cycle time for the accounting and reporting process to allow finance staff more time to analyze and reallocate resources for the future instead of spending time documenting the past with the insights you receive by completing the General Accounting and Reporting Open Standards Assessment.

APQC’s research has found a pronounced variance between high- and low-performing organizations. While a number of practices impact cost, the use of automated transfers of data aids in staff productivity, process efficiency, and cycle time. Among other things, this assessment will provide solid insights to help you determine the feasibility and return on investing in additional technology.

There may be a fee associated with your participation. For more information, please check the Open Standards Benchmarking fee schedule.

All submissions to APQC's benchmarking database, both Open Standards Benchmarking and Rapid Performance Assessments, must be collected using APQC's easy-to-use Microsoft Excel data collection instruments. Please download a fresh copy of the assessment file from the menu above by clicking the “start assessment” button.

Each benchmarking assessment offers an Excel-based data collection tool consisting of the survey itself, the measures associated with the survey, the glossary terms needed to understand the survey, and a copy of the Process Classification Framework (PCF) relevant to the data collection instrument. The consolidated data collection tool is intended to simplify the collection of benchmarking data within your organization.

Once you have completed the data collection instrument, simply upload the file using APQC's secure file upload tool. Visit this URL to upload your file: If you are unable to connect to that web site, please contact the helpdesk for more information by sending an email to Please do not send privileged, confidential, or non-public data to APQC via email. Please review our frequently asked questions or contact the helpdesk on if you have any further questions.

APQC analysts will immediately begin validation of your submission.