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Application Process

Based on the National Baldrige program, IRPE recognizes exemplary organizations across all industries in the state. With more than 20 years of experience, our award process serves as a comprehensive way for organizations to assess and improve their systems and operations. Regardless of the healthcare, education, or business/nonprofit sector you belong to, you can apply for an IRPE award by utilizing the criteria books tailored to your industry.

Whether your organization is just starting it's Baldrige journey or has been on the journey for many years, IRPE has an application level that suits you.


The 2023 IRPE process is open!
Download award applications below or register as an examiner today.


Tier 1 Forms        |         Tier 2 Forms         |         Tier 3 Forms         |         Tier 4 Forms

Criteria Books        |       Examiner Registration

2023 KEY DATES


Application Tiers

Tier 1 – Explorer
This application level is for organizations on the beginning of their Baldrige journey.

Application Process:  Complete Organization Profile Template
What’s included:

    • Facilitated Gallery Walk
    • Feedback Report
    • 1 Examiner Training Fee waived
    • Recognition
    • Can be submitted any time during the year
Eligibility and Application Form

Tier 2 – Discoverer

Application Process: Organization Profile and Basic Requirements via provided template
What’s included:

    • Feedback report
    • Consultative Site Visit (1 day)
    • 1 Examiner Training Fee Waived
    • Recognition
    • Can be submitted any time during the year
Eligibility and Application Form

Tier 3 – Navigator

Application Process: Organizational Profile and Overall Requirements via provided template
What’s included:

    • Feedback report
    • Consultative or Real Site Visit (1-3 days)
    • 2 Examiners Training Fee Waived
    • Recognition based on points
    • Can be submitted any time during the year
Eligibility and Application Form

Tier 4 – Trail Guide

Application Process: Full Application modeled after National Baldrige Program
What’s included:

    • Feedback report
    • Site Visit
    • 2 Examiners Training Fee Waived
    • Recognition based on points
    • See "Key Dates" for application deadline
Eligibility and Application Form

Training Application – Trail Blazer

Application Process: Submit application used for National Baldrige or draft application to keep the organization fresh and involved.
What’s included:

    • Feedback report
    • 1 Examiner Training Fee Waived

Eligibility Requirements

    • The applicant must have employees in Iowa.
    • The applicant must have been located in Iowa for at least one year.
    • Ownership outside of Iowa does not restrict eligibility for iPEX.
    • Submission of a Baldrige application in the same year does not restrict eligibility for iPEX.
    • Organizations achieving iPEX Gold Level Recognition are ineligible to receive an award in the next three years. These organizations may, however submit an application to receive a feedback report as part of their continuing journey toward performance excellence.
    • Sub-units, buildings and departments may apply (e.g. High School only, Orthopedic Clinic, West Des Moines location only).


                


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