Quality Texas Performance Excellence Awards and Recognition
The Quality Texas Foundation (QTF/PR/MO/KS) has levels of applications for organizations to utilize to seek feedback and guidance along their journey to implementing and refining their management system for performance excellence and continuous improvement. To assist such organizations, QTF has developed six Criteria Levels that are designed to assess the degree to which an organization has developed and deployed sound, balanced approaches resulting in systematic improving performance levels and trends.
Pioneer Recognition Level – 5 pages, Organizational Profile
The Pioneer Level requires the organization to complete the five-page Organizational Profile by answering the questions posed. The organization will receive feedback concerning responses to the questions in order to complete the next level – Engagement. The feedback will be verbal between the organization and the QTF CEO.
Engagement Recognition Level, 10 pages plus 5 page Organizational Profile
The Engagement Level is for those organizations that have made a decision to use performance improvement principles (Baldrige based), but are early in their journey. This level involves developing the Organizational Profile and responding to the Engagement level questions. The selected questions are taken from the basic Baldrige Framework questions. The organization will receive a feedback report and may request a phone call to discuss the report with the CEO.
Commitment Recognition Level, 20 pages plus 5 page Organizational Profile
The Commitment Level is for those organizations that have begun using quality principles to build a sound management system. Such organizations will have identified areas that are most important to the organization’s long-term success and will have begun developing systematic approaches for key processes. It is likely that measures and performance levels can be demonstrated in some of these areas. The questions are all of the basic level Baldrige Framework questions. The organization will receive a feedback report and may request a phone call to discuss the report with the CEO.
Progress Recognition Level, 35 pages plus 5 page Organizational Profile
The Progress Level is for those organizations that have made substantial progress toward a sound management system and the achievement of performance results. It is likely Progress Level applicants will have made progress in building and implementing some effective, systematic approaches and should be demonstrating results and trends in some of those areas that are most important to the organization’s long-term success. This level may request an onsite Site Visit or a Virtual Site Visit.
Achievement Recognition Level, 50 pages plus 5 page Organizational Profile
The Achievement Level is for those organizations that have made progress toward a sound management system and the achievement of performance results. Achievement Level applicants will fall into two groups – applicants that have applied at the Award Level but did not achieve that level and applicants that applied at the Award Level but did not desire a site visit. Achievement Level applicants will have achieved a higher degree of maturity in building and implementing some effective, systematic approaches and should be demonstrating positive results and trends in areas that are most important to the organization’s long-term success. This level may request an onsite Site Visit or a Virtual Site Visit.
Texas Award for Performance Excellence
The Texas Award for Performance Excellence is designed for mature organizations that have been on the quality journey for a number of years and have improving data to indicate the systematic nature of their quality journey. The honor includes recognition as state role models for achieving sustained performance excellence at the annual Texas Quest for Excellence Conference.
Organizations interested in beginning or continuing their performance excellence journey may use the following table to select the application level most appropriate for their organization.
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All applicants will be honored at the Annual Awards Conference and may also be honored at local events to maximize exposure to the recognition.
Communities of Excellence Award
This new designation of an award is forthcoming. At this point, the Communities of Excellence includes a city or county (or both) governmental entity, an educational entity (K-12, Community College, Junior College, University), and a health care facility (clinic, hospital) in a particular location or region.
The first Award was given at the 2019 Quality Texas Foundation 26th Annual Conference to the city of El Paso. Criteria is available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org.