KAPE Seeks Applicants & Examiners for the 2016 Award Cycle

Posted On On: December 1, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

The Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence (KAPE) is Pennsylvania’s Baldrige-based Awards Program. KAPE uses the leading-edge Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as the basis for our process and for giving feedback to applicants. While KAPE’s process is modeled after the prestigious Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, our process is not about “winning an Award.” It’s about using the Criteria to perform low-cost, non-prescriptive assessments that address each applicant’s unique challenges.

Become an Applicant

Applicants have said that the KAPE process is one of the best, most cost-effective and comprehensive assessments available. All KAPE applicant organizations – regardless of size – receive public recognition for their efforts in journeying toward performance excellence.

Here are just a few of the benefits that your organization could enjoy:
• Accelerated improvement efforts
• Energized employees
• An outside perspective
• Learning from the feedback
• Aligned efforts and resources
• An integrated approach to management
• Increased focus on results

Are you looking for a way to engage your customers and energize and motivate your employees? If your answer is “yes,” the Intent to Apply Form must be postmarked by January 8, 2016. Additional information regarding application levels can be found on the Application Levels page. KAPE applications must be postmarked by March 18, 2016.
Become an Examiner
New and Returning Examiner Applications are now available online. Examiner applications must be submitted January 15, 2016. Serving as a KAPE examiner is an opportunity for personal and professional development and growth. It is an opportunity to work as part of a diverse team of professionals from all sectors of the Pennsylvania economy. Examiners are volunteers who want to make a difference and help drive breakthrough improvement in their own organizations, as well as learn and promote identified role-model practices to improve Pennsylvania organizations.

KAPE Examiners have the unique opportunity to explore in-depth examples of best practices, innovation, planning strategies, and ways to engage customers and the workforce, which builds their professional acumen. A KAPE examiner brings back all of that valuable learning to his or her own organization.

Examiners are selected based on knowledge of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, industry expertise, good oral communication, good written communication, skills at leading a team, and team-participation experience.
Complete information is available on the Become an Examiner page.

Please contact Bob Bitner, KAPE Executive Director at bbitner@keystonealliance.com or (717) 737-6470 with any questions that you may have.