The staff at the Baldrige Program take the Baldrige Excellence Framework and its Criteria seriously. Not only do we promote it, but as a small, revenue-generating government unit that thus operates somewhat like a small business, we try to follow the core values and use the best practices that are foundational to the Baldrige framework, too.
For example, in alignment with Criteria questions "how do you achieve transparency in operations?" (1.2a) and "how do you promote and ensure ethical behavior in all interactions?" (1.2b), the Baldrige Program recently updated its "Rules of Engagement with Customers." We consider these rules especially important given the program's new business model that includes cost-recovery for some products and services and revenue generation.
The rules are intended to ensure that fairness and transparency are part of all customer interactions, including for assessment and education services and for sponsorships, for which the program uses a third party to handle all monetary transactions.
Some highlights of the rules are as follows. For example, the Baldrige Program does not
The Baldrige Program is fortunate to have a robust community of state programs (the Alliance for Performance Excellence), practitioners, and consultants who often provide such services. These folks can be found on social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter and across the Internet. Practitioners can also be found among current-year trained Baldrige examiners on the Baldrige website by state and in alphabetical order.