About the Minnesota Council for Quality
Who We Are
Founded in 1987, the Minnesota
Council for Quality is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps organizations
improve performance, results, and/or competitiveness.
We believe that Minnesota’s
socio-economic future depends largely on the effective management of
organizations throughout the state. Therefore, our goal is to help organizations
of all sizes, in all sectors, and in all communities throughout Minnesota
improve their operations and their performance. Our vision is to create
a "State of excellence."
What We Do
offer a comprehensive organizational assessment
that identifies strengths and improvement opportunities, and serves
as the foundation of the Minnesota Quality
Award. We also broker improvement-related
resources, expertise, and knowledge to help organizations deploy specific
improvement interventions throughout their operations.
Where We Started
We were founded in 1987,
as a result of Governor Perpich’s 1985-86 Commission on Minnesota’s
Economic Future. That Commission was given the assignment to study why
Minnesota companies were losing their competitive edge, and to propose
solutions to strengthen the Minnesota economy through the application
of quality principles. A state entity was created as a result of Minnesota
Senate Bill 1479 Chapter 316 and the Minnesota Council for Quality and
Productivity was formed as a part of the Department of Trade and Economic
Development. The word “productivity” was later dropped from
our name, and the organization was eventually spun off into an independent,
We were one of the first state
quality award programs modeled after the prestigious Malcolm
Baldrige National Quality Award. Since our first Award cycle in
1991, there have been 59 Award recipients
at various recognition levels in Minnesota. These recipients represent
a diverse collection of organizations in various sectors, of various
sizes, and in various communities throughout the state. Minnesota is
also proud to have the second highest number of Baldrige recipients
in the country (six) and the fourth highest number of 2002 Baldrige
Where We Are Going
While the Baldrige framework is one of the most robust and effective
management/improvement frameworks available, it is not the only improvement
method available. Today, organizations are successfully using Six Sigma,
ISO, Balanced Scorecard, Lean Manufacturing, and a variety of other
techniques to improve and manage their organizations. Therefore, we
are committed to helping organizations identify methods that are most
appropriate for their organization’s needs, culture, and circumstances.
And we will work to broker resources, knowledge, and information to
help them implement those improvement techniques.
If you want information or
assistance on improving your organization’s performance, visit
our Improvement Clearinghouse to download
articles and white papers, visit other websites, identify upcoming training
and events, locate consultants or trainers, or find benchmarking partners.
Our goal is to become recognized as the primary resource for organizations
seeking to improve their results and/or competitiveness in Minnesota.
We hope that we can help your organization – your company, your
school, your health care organization, your public sector agency, or
your community – achieve its objectives and continue your improvement