RMPEx offers four levels of award participation, designed to allow organizations to follow a process that sequentially builds to peak performance excellence.
This level is for organizations who are interested in beginning self-assessment and beginning a journey toward performance excellence. These organizations complete an organizational profile. The profile is a snapshot of the organization that describes its operating environment, key relationships with customers, suppliers,partners, and stakeholders, competitive environment, key strategic challenges and advantages, andperformance improvement systems. All applicants who submit a High Plains application receive recognition during the annual RMPEx Quest award ceremony.
This level is for organizations who have not previously completed RMPEx/Baldrige assessments or have limited expertise or understanding of the linkages and alignment of the Baldrige criteria. The application includes information on the organization’s processes and systems. At this level, fewer criteria questions are asked than for higher levels and only the applicant’s approach is evaluated. Foothills awards are presented to those applicants that demonstrate systematic and mature approaches to the criteria questions.
This level is for organizations who have gained expertise in the RMPEx/Baldrige criteria and feel they are ready for a detailed discussion of their processes. The discussion includes information on approach, deployment, learning, and integration. At this level, the applicant addresses all process questions in a full application, except for those concerning results. Timberline awards are presented to those applicants who demonstrate systematic and mature approaches, effective deployment, process learning, and process integration in their response to criteria questions.
This level is for organizations that have the expertise to apply for the National Baldrige Award. The RMPEx Peak Performance Criteria is identical to the Baldrige Criteria and includes questions on both processes and results. Results are stated in quantitative measures of key organizational metrics including trends and comparisons to best-in-class and leading competitor organizations. Organizations with strong internal performance excellence programs will receive the most benefit by selecting the Peak Performance level. Peak awards are presented to those applicants that demonstrate role-model results, plus systematic and mature approaches, effective deployment, process learning, and process integration in their response to the criteria questions.