Better Organizations, Better Results

Started in 1997 under the administration of Governor Tommy Thompson and continuing with the support of Wisconsin governmental leaders, Wisconsin Forward Award (WFA) joined  40 state based quality programs in the country dedicated to raising productivity through the use of a systems-based management framework, the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Today, the Wisconsin Forward Award program  is administered by the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence.  We  help organizations and communities enhance performance, operational excellence, and sustainability that lead to great places to work and learn, improved outcomes and better quality of life in our state.

Continuous improvement, innovation and best practice sharing

Whether large or small, in business, education, government, health care, or manufacturing, the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence encourages and supports innovative, future-thinking Wisconsin enterprises and communities by providing training and technical assistance, benchmarking and assessment tools, consultative services, and of course, one of the premier state quality award programs in the nation, the Wisconsin Forward Award.