For Organizations: The Minnesota Quality Award
the primary goal of our assessment is learning and improvement, we also
recognize levels of performance excellence through the Minnesota Quality
Established in 1991, the Minnesota
Quality Award is given to organizations that successfully complete a
full assessment using either narrative-based or survey-based approach.
We have four Award levels, intended to recognize organizations at the
appropriate stage of their improvement journey:
recognized at this level have demonstrated commitment to self-assessment
as a catalyst for improvement and a means of promoting organizational
excellence. They are in the early stages of developing and implementing
approaches to address criteria requirements and obtaining results.
recognized at this level have demonstrated progress in building and
deploying systematic approaches responsive to the basic requirements
of the criteria. Approaches for leadership, strategic planning, and
customer and market focus are fully systematic, and the organization
is demonstrating many good results.
recognized at this level have established sound, effective approaches
responsive to the overall requirements of the criteria. They are generally
aligned throughout the organization and demonstrate some evaluation
also demonstrate good results and trends for most areas important
to their business requirements, with no major faults.
recognized at this highest level have demonstrated organizational
excellence relative to the multiple requirements of the criteria.
These organizations show refined, fully deployed, systematic approaches,
with positive trends in all key measures and results. They are well
integrated and can serve as national and global role models.
Recognition is given both in a private on-site ceremony as well as an
annual recognition event. The private ceremony is a great opportunity
to invite employees, customers, and other stakeholders to celebrate
your organization’s achievements. The public recognition event
takes place the spring after your Award year.
If you would like to learn
more about the Criteria, our assessment process, or the Minnesota Quality
Award, please contact us. We hope we can help you on your improvement
We are proud to recognize
the following organizations for their achievement in the Minnesota Quality