SPQA’s Award Program is its premier offering. Authorized in 1982 by Resolution, SPQA (the United States Senate Productivity and Quality Award) pre-dates the National Baldrige Program and is the oldest continuous state program of its type offering awards for performance excellence based on the national Baldrige Performance Excellence model. Virginia SPQA administers the Award Program on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s US Senators who serve as Honorary Chairpersons

SPQA has 4 levels of the Award, the top award being the Medallion. Organizations may achieve any of these levels depending on the feedback report of examiners and the Judges’ determination. The awards are:

Commitment to Performance Excellence 

-Progress in Performance Excellence 

-Achievement in Performance Excellence

-Medallion of Excellence

And, for organizations that have achieved the Medallion award, and maintain that same level of excellence in a subsequent application  and review, and determination by Judges, they may earn the Award for Continuing Excellence.

Past award winners by sector are here.

Organizations receive extraordinary learning by conducting a self-assessment using the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework. This effort,  coupled with independent examiner feedback which highlights strengths and opportunities for improvement, is a unique learning experience which if otherwise outsourced, could easily translate to significant consultant costs.

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 improve relationships 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. Eligibility is intended to be as open as possible to all organizations. While SPQA primarily serves organizations located in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, organizations in other states or territories may apply.

Costs include:

Intent to Apply: $500; Application Fee based on organizational size: $5500 for Small Organizations (less than 100 employees) and $7,000 for Larger Organizations (equal to or greater than 100 employees).

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

Additional details about SPQA’s Award program may be found in the How to Apply post, below. If you are interested in applying for the SPQA Medallion Award or wish to learn more about the SPQA Award Program, you may contact the Executive Director via email or call 571.215.8881, or you may contact the Award Program at programs.services@spqa-va.org.


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