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.
Applicants may earn any of 4 levels of the SPQA award and, if an organization has previously earned the top award (Medallion), it may apply for the Award for Continuing Excellence (ACE). Awards are determined by the feedback report of Examiners and the determination of an external panel of judges.
The Awards are:
- Commitment to Performance Excellence
- Progress in Performance Excellence
- Achievement in Performance Excellence
- Medallion of Excellence
- Award for Continuing Excellence (ACE). (The application is the same as for the Medallion award).
View our past award winners by sector 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 (OFIs), is a unique learning experience which if otherwise outsourced, could easily translate to significant consultant costs.
The SPQA Medallion Award acknowledges the recipient as 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 organizations in the public, private, nonprofit sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, education, and government 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.
Intent to Apply: $500
Application Fee is based on the organizational size:
- $5,500 for Small Organizations (100 employees or fewer), and
- $7,000 for Larger Organizations (greater than 100 employees)
Site-Visit Fee is a flat fee for all organizations receiving a site visit:
- $2,500 Site Visit Fee
Not ready to fully engage?
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 and Deadlines post. If you are interested in applying for the SPQA Medallion Award or wish to learn more about the SPQA Award Program, contact the Award Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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