The objectives of the OQD are:
- To conduct studies on the quality of democracy in Portugal and on issues related to representative institutions;
- To establish itself as a reference program on the study and measurement of quality of democracy, both at the national and international levels;
- To gather and disseminate relevant data and information on democracy in Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOPS);
- To contribute to the production of knowledge regarding democracies in Portuguese-speaking countries.