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OQSI has developed many original procedures as well as drawn upon many existing standards and procedural norms from various organizations. These have included, for example, ISO, ECMA scripting standards as well as to the ISO process approach (ISO: 9000). We have also embedded in the OQSI due diligence guidelines changes that facilitate a more integrated and coherent application of operational procedures for project design such as OP 10.04 of the World Bank.

Currently, the main developments have been the Due Diligence Design Procedure (3DP) based on a decision analysis approach to build a decision analysis model with which to simulate options and a collection of 125 implemented analytical tools from an identified range of 250. The implementation of the additional tools is under way. The stages in the 3DP can be observed in the diagram below where the cycle is divided into a "Design" and an "Implementation & operations" phase. The 3DP only refers to design because the implementation and operational phases rely heavily on the depth of analysis completed during the design phase to optimise implementation and operations decision-making. Implementation decisions can now be supported by several analytical tools.

Where we have drawn on existing standards and procedures we have sometimes needed to adapt them either because of reported issues related to their application, at the request of institutions using them and/or according to our own experience and assessment of the procedures. All modifications have the undelying objective of providing an improved due diligence design procedure for projects in the domains of economic development in sustainable agriculture for the production of food, fibre and feedstocks taking into account natural resources relationships so as to ensure supply security. This focus includes projects geared towards research and innovation for economic growth.

The evolving analytical toolkit provides an added quality standard by ensuring that the required analyses are conducted according to acceptable professional practice. This process is a learning process which involves a considerable number of analytical tool refinements arising from experience in their application and advancedin nowledeg that occasionally require modifications in the basic algorithms. OQSI is therefore driving a standards evolution

We are completing a guideline on the full complement of 3DP procedures including their sources and modifications introduced by OQSI.

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