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How do you launch a journey toward performance excellence? OQF can help you and your organization improve systems and increase results. Whether you need a performance tune-up or are looking for some first steps toward quality and continuous improvement, we can help your organization find a path. Whatever your motivation, there are several ways to start your journey to performance excellence with OQF as your partner.

Baldrige For Beginners

The Baldrige for Beginners workshop is a one-day introduction to the seven categories of the Baldrige Excellence Framework™. The workshop includes class discussions and activities designed to help participants use the basic level questions in each category to assess their own organization or area. Each participant will receive a copy of the Baldrige Excellence Framework™.


Leadership Orientation

The 60-90 minute Leadership Orientation is designed to introduce an organization’s senior leaders to the Baldrige Excellence Framework™ and how it can be used to help them define and achieve excellence for their organization.


Strategy Concepts that Move You Forward

The best strategic planning processes begin with an understanding of your strategic advantages and challenges. In this 4-hour course, a OQF facilitator will guide you through a SWOT analysis and help your organization identify its most significant strategic opportunities. Use this workshop to kick off your strategic planning cycle or to fill in the gaps in your Organizational Profile!


Application Writing

No matter where your organization is on its journey to performance excellence, this hands-on workshop will propel you forward. In this full-day course, you will come away with a deeper understanding of your organization and the Baldrige framework, as well as a project plan for writing and editing your application. You will even complete some application requirements during interactive exercises throughout the day. Whether this is your first or fifth OQF application, this workshop will get you moving along the path to success!


Ready to get started?

A great way to get started is by ordering a copy of the OQF Baldrige Excellence Framework. This book is the foundation of the OQF program and provides details regarding application and eligibility requirements, as well as the Criteria for Performance Excellence on which to base your self-assessment. Order your copy of the framework online here or by emailing the OQF office at

Ready to level up your excellence journey?

"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."

Jim Collins Author of Good To Great

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Tips, Tools & Best Practices

How do I learn more about the criteria? 

Check out our #ExcellenceAtADistance series for more information about the criteria and how to apply it to your organization.

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How do we learn more about writing an application? 
No matter where you are on your excellence journey, TNCPE has a workshop to help you improve performance. We can provide tailored instruction at your workplace on various topics:

Baldrige Framework Books


Baldrige Excellence Builder

Based on the more detailed Baldrige Excellence Framework and Criteria for Performance Excellence, the Baldrige Excellence Builder helps you assess your organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement against the most important features of organizational performance excellence. By completing and acting on this assessment, you will be better positioned to accomplish your mission, improve your results, and become more competitive.


Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder

The Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder is a self-assessment tool to help organizations better understand the effectiveness of their cybersecurity risk management efforts, and identity improvement opportunities in the context of their overall organizational performance. This self-assessment tool blends organizational assessment approaches from the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) with the concepts and principles of the Cybersecurity Framework developed by National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Applied Cybersecurity Division (ACD).

Download the free Cybersecurity Excellence Builder


Criteria Commentary

The Criteria Commentary provides summaries of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence categories and items.

You can download the Criteria Commentary for free: