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Information for Examiners

Communities of Excellence 2026 is now accepting volunteers to serve as examiners as part of the Communities of Excellence Recognition Program.  As volunteers, examiners evaluate and provide feedback to communities across the United States that participate in the Recognition Program. The feedback report is a key reason why communities apply for the Communities of Excellence Recognition.

This year there are two application levels this year:

Commitment to Community Excellence

Time Frame:  August 17th to October 5th including one online video meeting.

At this level the applications will include only the Community Profile. Applications will be a maximum of 10 pages plus a glossary of abbreviations. 

Estimated Time Commitment:  5-7 hours

Journey to Community Excellence

Time Frame:  July 23rd to September 25th including three online video meetings.

Community Applications will include a Community Profile, responses to Category 1, Category 2, Category 7.1: Questions (1) and (2), and Category 7.4:  Questions (1) and (5).  The application will be a maximum of 17 pages plus a glossary of abbreviations.

Estimated Time Commitment:  15 hours

To volunteer email Stephanie Norling – snorling@communitiesofexcellence2026.org and include a couple sentences on the following:

  • Your knowledge/skill/background in Baldrige and improving community performance.
  • Your general availability for the phone call dates (See Timeline and Expectation links).
  • Your level preference (Commitment or Journey Level - please rank)

*Notifications will be given July 17th for Journey level and August 17th for Commitment level at the latest. All effort will be made to notify volunteers well in advance of these dates.