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Question  Is there more detail available on the actual metrics used in the 3CBA calculations?

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Answer:  These are in preparation. This article was only a notice to the media that the issues facing SDG 10, SDG 12 and SDG 13 have been largely resolved so that low income countries and design projects that improve the performance of their Agenda 2030 portfolios. This is part of an intensive innovation and testing process and readers might have noticed that the 3CBA enhances the operations previously carrying the single names of ERR (Economic Rates of Return) and RRE (Rate of Return to th Environment). As a result of this latest advance a considerable amount of documentation is currently undergoing updates, including white papers on each SDG.

A part of this process includes the implementation of updates on the SDGToolkit which will be launched by SDGToolkit.com in the next month or so.

In terms of functionality all prototype modules work and generate transparent projections. These analytical tools make up additions to the Global Constraints Analysis group of tools in the 3DP (Due Diligence Design Procedures).

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Question  Are there any courses or training provisions for 3CBA? This new approach seems to be of importance to project teams and policy makers but I have not been able to find anyone offering training.

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Answer:  The George Boole Foundation will be offering training. Access to training will be provided through the Boolean Library portal. Training will be initiated to coincide with the launch of SDGToolkit.

Introductory sessions will include presentations for policy makers and managers of donor and international funding organization portfolios. These will provide explanations on:
  • how to measure the organizational benefits of the approach in terms of Agenda 2030 project portfolio performance
  • how to make use of on-demand real time analysis and reporting
  • how to manage project portfolios of any size
  • how to manage project portfolios of any size
Evaluator sessions will provide explanations on how to use the 3DP Real Time Monitoring & Evaluation system in a dynamic project environment.

Team member sessions will be oriented to how to use the analytical tools in the design process.

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Question  What is the significance of the word "Open" in the OQSI name. Does this refer to free access to the software?

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Answer:  That would be nice, if feasible. The George Boole Foundation is a non-profit organization and has dedicate some 10 years to this comprehensive project design innovation initiative. It therefore needs to recoup this investment However, the economic and financial benefits to users in terms of costs and quality of projects will generate better returns than conventional project cycle management systems which provide very little design support.

The word Open refers to the fact that all procedures have been configured in their software form to be accessible anywhere in the world with W3 access on any user device using any operating system that supports a standard browser. The objective here is to minimize user costs by minimizing software requirements. This is why use is made of the phrase, "No software just a browser".

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Question  This 3CBA system covers disparity, GHG emissions and carrying capacity. Have OQSI produced anything on biodiversity?

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Answer:  Within the 3DP there is a section, which you can see in the critical path diagram, referred to as ecosystem. In the GCA there is also an analytical tool also a CBA with the name Conserved Biodiversity Analysis and code CBA4. This is really an add-in that completes the biodiversity picture by providing a picture of what exists within the areas of influence of a project. The logic here is that if carrying capacity is lost, so, normally, is the biodiversity proportional to that loss measured by CBA4. In the Real Time Monitoring and Evaluation system (RTME) the project LPO is stored including primary input and output specifications of each task. Pollutants are recorded as secondary outputs but could also be primary inputs (pesticides). This data is quantitative and unit prices and quantities inlcuded plus disposal costs and possible natural ecosystem/flora/fauna impacts. All of these measurements are entered in the 3DP ecosystem section. Naturally this data is not only relevant to the SDG 10, SDG 12 and SDG 13 combo but it is important for SDG 14, Life Below Water and SDG 15, Life On Land.

Observation: It is worth adding that synoptic area estimates of areas of loss are not particularly precise because of the "edge effect" observed in Amazon rain forest regions, where simply opening a road leads to eventual losses in biodiversity at some distance from the road "project". Biodiversity isn't homogenious and static, any intrusion has dramatic impacts over time.