Leadership Level Application

The Oklahoma Quality Foundation, Leadership level application, is designed for organizations that are committed to performance improvement. The Leadership level application requires the organization to complete a full fifty-page Baldrige Framework Application. Organizations achieving sustained performance excellence will be recognized as role models in one of two quality awards, Achievement in Excellence and Leadership in Excellence, at the annual Oklahoma Quality Awards Celebration and Conference.

Application Description Assessment Focus
Organizational Profile (5 pages) All requirements fully assessed
Application (50 pages) Processes | Approach, Deployment, Learning, and Integration (ADLI)
Site Visit or Virtual Site Visit Results | Levels, Trends, Comparisons, and Integrations (LeTCI)
Feedback Report Provided


The Oklahoma Quality Foundation provides workshop opportunities for applicants. These valuable workshops are designed to help interested organizations organize and respond to Excellence Framework questions. You will learn best practices from leaders in the excellence journey arena, helping you maximize your time, and identify potential pitfalls.

Fee Structure

The market value of the feedback report and the examiner team evaluation an applicant receives as part of the award process ranges in the tens of thousands of dollars of consulting time. Due to the support of a community of members, sponsors, and volunteers, the Oklahoma Quality Foundation is able to offer the evaluation process at a fraction of its market value:

Number of Employees Intent to Apply Fee Application Fee Site Visit Fee Total
Less than 100 $250 $2,000 $3,500 $5,750
100 to 500 $250 $3,000 $4,000 $7,250
501 to 1,500 $250 $4,000 $5,000 $9,250
More than 1,500 $250 $5,000 $6,000 $11,250

Organizations that intend to submit an application must submit the “Intent to Apply” form before the deadline. In addition to the fees above, those organizations who are awarded a site visit agree to cover reasonable site visit expenses for volunteer examiners for meals and lodging, estimated at $1,500 to $2,500 depending on the size of the applicant organization.

Application Process

Each applicant is required to submit an application of up to 50 pages (plus a 5-page Organizational Profile) responding to the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. For first time applicants, please contact us and we’ll help get you started!

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