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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 development has 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 range of critical analyses. 3DP runs with 100% oversight gained from a dedicated Real Time Audit (RTA) system which has global coverage.

The phases of the 3DP are divided into a project design phase followed by Implementation Management Procedures (IMP) as 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 optimize implementation and operations decision-making.

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 underlying 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.

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. These will be posted on this page together with a pdf version. The expected date of release is mid-June, 2018.