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The 2021 Examiner period is now closed.  Please consider volunteering in 2022! 

Information for Examiners 

As volunteers, examiners use the Communities of Excellence criteria to evaluate and provide feedback to communities across the United States that participate in this Program. The feedback report is a key reason why communities apply for the Communities of Excellence Recognition. 

There are 3 levels to the program.  Please note that this year we are in need of level 3 experienced examiners!

Level 1- Commitment to Community Excellence

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

Examiner Time Frame July 15th to October 3rd, 2021
Time Commitment 7-10 hours including 1 examiner training webinar and 1 video conference
Est. Number of Examiners Needed 16

Commitment to Community Excellence Examiner Key Information and Timeline

Level 2 - Journey to Community Excellence

Community Applications will include a Community Profile, responses to category 1, category 2, item 7.1 questions (1) and (2), item 7.4 question (1), and item 7.5 question (2).  The application will be a maximum of 17 pages plus a glossary of abbreviations.

Examiner Time Frame June 18th to October 6th, 2021
Time Commitment 15-20 hours including 2 examiner training webinars and 2 video conferences
Est. Number of Examiners Needed 20

Journey to Community Excellence Examiner Key Information and Timeline

Level 3 - Community of Excellence 

Community Applications will include a Community Profile and responses to categories 1-7.  The application will be a maximum of 35 pages plus a glossary of abbreviations.

Examiner Time Frame June 18th to October 6th, 2021
Time Commitment 25-40 hours including 2 examiner training webinars and 2 video conferences
Est. Number of Examiners Needed 60

Community of Excellence Examiner Key Information and Timeline

How to Apply:  To volunteer as an examiner at any level

Between May 15th and June 30th, 2021, 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 previous experience with the Communities of Excellence Assessment Program (if any)
  • Your general availability for the video conference dates (see Key Information and Timeline documents for each level).
  • Your level preference. Please use 1st, 2nd, 3rd to rank.

Interested in leading an assessment team?  Email Stephanie for more information about the team lead responsibilities.