For Evaluators: Benefits of Becoming an Evaluator
Participating on the Board of Evaluators contributes to the improvement
and competitiveness of Minnesota businesses and organizations. The Minnesota
Council for Quality depends entirely upon a volunteer Board of Evaluators
and Panel of Judges to evaluate applicant organizations and to recommend
Minnesota Quality Award levels. The Board of Evaluators consists of
approximately 60-75 members, including seven to nine Judges and 10-15
Team Leaders. Evaluators are selected based on their sector experience,
their education background, their knowledge of improvement practices
that lead to performance excellence, their professional experience,
and their writing/verbal communication skills.
There are many benefits – both to the individual as well as
to his/her organization – of joining the Board of Evaluators.
The following are likely benefits for the individual Evaluator:
- Strengthen your ability to use the Criteria for Performance Excellence
for organizational assessment and improvement
- Network with peers across the state and enhance your own professional
- Form relationships with evaluation team members that oftentimes
last well beyond the current year process
- Review performance of organizations throughout the state, possibly
identifying best practices
There are also benefits for the individual’s sponsoring organization:
- Evaluators receive comprehensive, valuable training on the Criteria
for Performance Excellence, furthering their understanding of validated
leading-edge organizational practices
- Evaluators develop (or expand) several skills that can be applied
at their home organization. These skills include: consensus-building,
team-building, analysis, interpersonal, written communication, interviewing,
- Evaluators can identify potential good practices that may benefit
their sponsoring organization or clients.
- Evaluators review and comment on written organization applications
(either narrative or survey-based), and then participate in consensus
and a site visit of the applicant organization to verify and clarify
The following are general expectations of the Board of Evaluators:
- Disclose potential conflicts of interest
and abide by the Code
of Ethical Standards.
- Participation in training. Training is four days for new Evaluators,
three for returning. Training includes approximately 10-15 hours of
pre-work, and is $600 for new Evaluators ($500 for members), $300
for second-year Evaluators ($250 for members), and complementary for
third-year and beyond. A limited number of scholarships are available
from corporate contributions.
- Full participation in the overall process, including participation
in the independent review of an application (or survey), consensus,
site visit, and (for Team Leaders) Improvement Planning. The time
commitment can range from 80 to 120 hours, spread over a three to
four month period.
- The program depends on voluntary support. Where activities are
not supported by their employers, the Council will reimburse Evaluators
for travel and expenses related to the evaluation. However, the Evaluator
is responsible for reimbursing the Council for training if he/she
does not fulfill his/her responsibility as an Evaluator.
- To promote continuous improvement, Evaluators will be requested
to participate in a peer and process review at the end of the Award
- Members of the Board of Evaluators are also asked to contribute
to the program through outreach and educational activities, as time
Participating on the Board of Evaluators is a wonderful learning and
networking opportunity. Look at what some Evaluators have to say about
“The experience of being
an Evaluator can be hard work. But if you stick with it, it can be one
of the most rewarding developmental experiences of your career."
Jim Hill, Nuclear Management
“Being an evaluator
for the Minnesota Council for Quality was an awesome opportunity. During
this process I had an opportunity to share my knowledge with the other
Evaluators and learn more about what makes organizations perform well. If
you want an opportunity to leverage your knowledge, learn new ideas,
work with highquality people, and have fun, then you should be an Evaluator
for the Minnesota Council for Quality."
Craig Siiro, Virchow, Krause
& Company, LLP
Interested in joining the 2003 Board of Evaluators?
Apply now by submitting an application