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Baldrige Excellence Framework

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Proven Leadership and Management Practices for High Performance

For more than 30 years, the Baldrige Excellence Framework has empowered organizations to accomplish their missions, improve results, and become more competitive. The Baldrige Excellence Framework includes the Criteria for Performance Excellence, core values and concepts, and guidelines for evaluating your processes and results.

Whether used as guidance in establishing an integrated performance management system or for self-assessing progress, the Baldrige Excellence Framework is about helping you innovate and improve. Available for Business/Nonprofit (including Manufacturing, Service, Small Business, Nonprofit, and Government, Education, and Health Care sectors. Learn about the Impacts of Baldrige.

The 2019–2020 Baldrige Excellence Framework features a focus on

  • Leading and managing in the context of your business ecosystem
  • Enabling an aligned, collaborative, and agile supply network
  • Creating and reinforcing your organizational culture
  • Broadening your cybersecurity focus to include your operations, workforce, customers, suppliers, and stakeholders

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Get Started with Self-Assessing Your Organization

A Baldrige-based self-assessment can help your organization improve and succeed. The Baldrige Excellence Framework can help you improve communication, productivity, and effectiveness and achieve your strategic goals. Use Baldrige Improvement Tools to help you get started.

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The Baldrige Excellence Builder PDF is another way to get started. It is based on the Baldrige Excellence Framework and its Criteria for Performance Excellence. Use the Excellence Builder to assess your organization against the most important features of organizational performance excellence and learn about the Baldrige Excellence Framework.

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    Baldrige Award

    The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive. Baldrige Award applicants cite the feedback report as the most significant benefit of applying. Learn more about the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the Feedback Report.

    What People Are Saying

    most influential document in business

    Gordon Black, Former Chairman and CEO, Harris/Black International Ltd.

    The publication containing the Baldrige Criteria is probably the single most influential document in the modern history of American business.

    powerful set of mechanisms

    Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don’t

     I see the Baldrige process as a powerful set of mechanisms for disciplined people engaged in disciplined thought and taking disciplined action to create great organizations that produce exceptional results.


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    Created August 10, 2016, Updated January 14, 2020