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Information for Examiners

Thank you to our 2020 Examiners! The next examiner application period will begin April 1.  Please check back regularly for updates.

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. 

Please note that this year we are in need of level 3 experienced examiners!

There are three levels:

Level 1- Commitment to Community Excellence

Examiner Time Frame:  August 15th to October 1st, 2021 including 1 video conference.

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

Estimated Number of Examiners Needed: 16

Level 2 - Journey to Community Excellence

Examiner Time Frame:  July 17th to October 13th, 2021 including 2 video conferences

Community Applications will include a Community Profile, responses to category 1, category 2, item 7.1 questions (1) and (2), and 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.

Estimated Time Commitment:  20 hours

Estimated Number of Examiners Needed: 20

Level 3 - Community of Excellence 

Examiner Time Frame:  July 15th to October 15th including 2-3 video conferences

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.

Estimated Time Commitment:  40 hours

Estimated Number of Examiners Needed:  60

To volunteer as an examiner at any level

Between April 1st and May 1st, 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 general availability for the video conference dates (see Timeline and Key Information document 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.