As a result of our work during the last 5 years we have received queries and requests for the provision of training and certification in OQSI quality standards. This has been reviewed by various contributors to our work who have advised us that theorectical training does not necessarily lead to competent application of recommendations. Indeed the existing project design and evaluation standards are notable in not being standards at all but rather recommendations open to a broad interpretation and therefore resulting in a lack of consistency in application.
The impact of due diligence design procedures and evaluation is dependent on how they are applied. It is therefore important to base any certification on a practical process of on-the-job training and assessment of the competence of each individual to apply the recommendations in practice.
. Therefore, the determination of competence as a basis for any certification scheme requires a practical exposure, training and assessment of individual abilities to apply the OQSI recommended:
Due diligence design procedure (3DP)
Use of the analytical tools
Application of evaluation procedures to:
- Project design
- Operations performance
- Decisions and result cycles
- Final design adjustments for post-funding operations
The OQSI is not set up to deliver this type of certified training, this is a human resources constraint issue. However the George Boole Foundation Extension Service (GBFexs) works within the first implemented OQSI operaional framework in the form of SDGToolkit (see Applications) and we have agreed that training and certifications should make up part of beneficiary and any required donor training. The funding facility for this operation can be found here: Sustainable Development Facility