OAD strives to build operational framework with clearly defined purposes, goals, and actions that are efficiently interconnected by direct and robust causal linkages. Thus, the fundamental OAD methodology is essentially one of applied causal logic, modelled on the Logical Framework Approach to Project Cycle Management.

OAD maintains a fully open and transparent organisation, with rigorous internal monitoring and evaluation systems via an integral policy of pursuing a continuous invitation of and submission to rigorous examinations by independent external auditors, critics, advisors and analysts. The organisation  has an integral policy and comprehensive programmes that are often geared towards continuous performance improvement & development.