SPQA’s Award Program is its premier offering. Authorized in 1982 by Resolution, the United States Senate Productivity and Quality Award pre-dates the National Baldrige Program. The oldest continuous state program of its type, SPQA administers the Award Program on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s US Senators who serve as Honorary Chairpersons.

Organizations receive extraordinary learning by applying the Baldrige Excellence Framework self-assessment through an award application. This effort, coupled with independent examiner feedback noting strengths and opportunities for improvement is a unique learning experience which if otherwise outsourced could easily translate to significant consultant costs. Receiving the SPQA Medallion Award is recognition of being among the best performing organizations in the Commonwealth and the District of Columbia. In addition to improving organizational pride, SPQA Medallion winners use the Baldrige Excellence Framework as a management tool to improvierelationships with customers, stakeholders, and employees. Winners also can use their award to validate excellent performance with rating agencies and other independent entities.

Businesses, large and small, and all organizations in the public, private, nonprofit, healthcare education and government sectors are eligible to apply. SPQA primarily serves organizations located in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia; however, organizations in other U.S. states or territories may apply. Eligibility is intended to be as open as possible to all organizations.

Organizations interested in a less-intense yet, equally rich organizational self-assessment and examiner feedback based on the Baldrige Framework and Criteria, may be interested in applying for our lower tier program called Discovery. Many organizations participate in the Discovery program as preparation for a subsequent Award application.

For additional details about SPQA’s Award program see How to Apply , below. If you are interested in applying for the SPQA Medallion Award or wish to learn more about the SPQA Award Program, email the Award Program Director at programs.services@spqa-va.org or call 703-786-8671.

 

SPQA Award Winners by Economic Sector, 1983-Current

  Organizations have been applying for the Senate Productivity and Quality Award since its inception in 1983. Recognition and feedback are given to all applicants. Exceptional organizations that have demonstrated best practices and superior achievement of results across all categories of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework earn the Medallion award — SPQA’s top award. A…

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How to Apply

SPQA uses the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework as the basis for its award application, evaluation, scoring and feedback methods. More information on the SPQA award application process can be found in the Award Guide. To apply, organizations will need three documents available for download. The Award Guide 2019 provides details on how to apply for a given…

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