Baldrige Award

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The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence.

2017-2018 Baldrige Excellence Framework

Baldrige Framework 2017-2018 Cover for KCThe 2017-2018 Baldrige Excellence Framework includes the Criteria for Performance Excellence and features a renewed focus on managing all the components of your organization as a unified whole; managing cybersecurity risks to data, information, and systems; and understanding the role of risk management within a systems perspective of organizational performance management. 

Three versions are available: 

Also find free criteria booklet content and other information on the Baldrige Program’s Website. 

St. David's HealthCare Case Study

St. David's ERWhen St. David’s HealthCare first adopted the Baldrige criteria, leaders shaped a culture of quality and performance excellence. Once immersed, leaders used it as a tool to help align and improve key performance measures, winning the national award in 2014. Click here to read this case study.

Social Responsibility and Performance Excellence

JQP volume 37 issue 1 coverIn the April 2014 Journal for Quality and Participation, Kay Kendall explores how the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence provide a widely accepted perspective on addressing societal responsibility.

Read the open-access article and browse more content from this issue on the importance of integrating social responsibility with performance excellence.  

Baldrige Resource Library 

Alliance for Performance Excellence logoThe Alliance for Performance Excellence, with the support of the Baldrige Foundation and ASQ, maintains a collection of resources on performance improvement.

Visit the Baldrige Resource Library for articles, podcasts, videos, and more.  



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