In 2010, the George Boole Foundation, a centre of excellence in digital logic, decision analysis and applied digital technology, decided to make the Open Quality Standards Initiative part of the Decision Analysis initiative (DAI) for 2010-2015.
In 2011 studies and evaluations of project cycle management methods1 identified several major shortcomings which resulted in significant losses and wasted resources in the field of research and economic development projects worldwide. Research into this issue by SEEL has demonstrated that a significant part of this inefficiency and associated human costs were the result of a lack of commonly agreed methods applied to project cycle management (PCM) and portfolio oversight. In particular project design tended to be haphazard, technically weak and often not evidence-based and not optimised. In projects involving complex processes such as agriculture and natural resources the quality of projects suffers from lack of effective design procedures leading to significant failure rates of these projects. On important issue is that the techniques used to plan and summarise projets in schedules, Gantt Charts and Log Frames, usually possess no information on what basis the specific project design was selected. Therefore clear project plans and schedules are often fundamentally at risk because they are not feasible.
In 2015, the George Boole Foundation therefore established the Open Quality Standards Initiative with the mission of identifying appropriate due diligence procedures to emphasise improved design procedures by:
In 2017, the OQSI completed the initial set of procedures as a recommendation OQSI-1 (2017). This is designed to ensure that all relevant factors are taken into account in terms of analyses related to:
|1 McNeill, H.W., & Belko, F., "Towards more effective Project Management", DAI, GBF, London, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-907833-02-4|