State, local, and regional Baldrige-based award programs use the Baldrige Excellence Framework to advance organizational excellence and competitiveness in their states and regions. These programs help many local organizations start and continue their performance excellence journeys. Many Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients have begun their performance excellence journeys with their state quality award programs.
The Alliance for Performance Excellence, a nonprofit national network, aims to enhance the success and sustainability of member Baldrige-based programs. The Alliance's member organizations
Promote the use of the Baldrige Criteria
Disseminate information on the Baldrige Award process and Baldrige concepts
Serve as a feeder system for the national program, providing a significant number of Examiners and Award applicants
Network with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and each other
Receive the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and other program and training materials from the national program
For the latest information on state, local, and regional quality awards, and to find a state or local program near you,
- Visit The Alliance for Performance Excellence.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call the Baldrige Program's customer service line at
Resources for State, Local, and Regional Baldrige-Based Programs
Baldrige training materials for Examiners, Senior Examiners, and others, including presentation slides, facilitator notes, handouts, exercise instructions, training manuals, case studies, and other materials
Award process documents, including the Baldrige Award Application information and Consensus and Site Visit materials for Team Leaders and Examiners
Baldrige Support for State and Local Programs
In addition to the resources listed above, the Baldrige Program
Refers Examiner applicants who indicate an interest to state and local programs
Provides teleconferencing for planning Baldrige Regional Conferences and the State and Local Program Workshop
Offers one complimentary registration at the Quest for Excellence Conference in return for the use of the state or local program's marketing mailing list
Recognizes state programs that have encouraged state award recipients to submit a Baldrige Award application if those applicants receive the Baldrige Award
Refers inquiries from organizations using Baldrige to state and local award recipients
Provides Baldrige staff members as speakers at state and local conferences and award ceremonies
Cohosts two Regional Conferences and shares the returns with the programs and the Foundation
Shares aggregated data demonstrating the impact of state and local programs with conference attendees, other federal government agencies, and other parties
Refers potential Award applicants and Examiners to state and local programs through customer service inquiries and other contacts
Refers to state and local programs in Baldrige materials
For startup programs, provides Designing and Implementing a State Quality Award, a 1992 report prepared for the National Governors' Association and sponsored by NIST
Features and Events
Alliance for Performance Excellence video "The Challenge of Being Excellent - Putting the Puzzle Together"
Performance Excellence USA Podcast
Weekly podcast of Quality New Mexico’s radio show. Visit the Quality New Mexico website to listen to Julia Gabaldon's radio show.
Purchase Baldrige Excellence Framework Business/Nonprofit, Education, Health Care
How Baldrige Works
Self-Assessing Your Organization
Baldrige Improvement Tools
Baldrige Products and Services
Baldrige Award Recipient Listing