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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. However, the 3DP is a horizontal and generic framework that ppinpoint each step. With the advent of Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) linked to over 230 national indicators, design teams need to have access to the appropriate vertical analytical tools to complete the quantification and verification of information used. Several SDGs require multi-factoral analyses of needs, gaps and constraints to analyse the in order to identify the change strategy options to select the most effective and efficient. This has led to the need for solutions based on the development of analytical tools to be able to acommodate these requirements. This identification of appropriate analytical tools is a learning process which involves a considerable number of analytical refinements arising from experience gained in applying the tools and advances in the state of knowledge that occasionally require modifications in the basic algorithms.

OQSI continues to develop this standards evolution

We are completing a guideline on the full complement of 3DP procedures including an extension base on 120 analytical tools. 3DP has been implemeted by Navatec.com and the analytical tools by STDToolkit.com and a representation of their integration is shown below.


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