Baldrige Excellence Builder

Using the Baldrige Framework is a bit like peeling back the skin of an onion…many layers and nuances.  That’s what makes the Framework so enduring.  The Baldrige Excellence Builder is a streamlined version of the Baldrige Framework, and is a recommended starting point for most organizations. Assessments customized for Cybersecurity and Communities of Excellence are featured below.

Baldrige Excellence Builder

Based on the more detailed Baldrige Excellence Framework and Criteria for Performance Excellence, the Baldrige Excellence Builder helps you assess your organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement against the most important features of organizational performance excellence. By completing and acting on this assessment, you will be better positioned to accomplish your mission, improve your results, and become more competitive.

Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder

The Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder self-assessment helps you understand and improve what is critical to
your organization’s cybersecurity risk management. It is a voluntary self-assessment based on the more detailed
Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, managed by NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory,
Applied Cybersecurity Division, and the Baldrige Excellence Framework, compiled by the Baldrige Performance Excel-
lence Program at NIST.

Communities of Excellence Framework

The Communities of Excellence Framework, designed specifically for communities, is based on the adaptation and translation of the Baldrige Principles of Performance Excellence, which have transformed organizations across the country.  Read more about the Communities of Excellence 2026 program, and learn how you can be part of the collaborative.  We’re here to help.

Criteria Commentary

Do you want a straightforward overview the Baldrige Framework? The sector-specific Criteria Commentary provides summaries of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence categories and items.

Criteria 101

Our partners at the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program compiled a handy overview of why organizations use the Baldrige Framework and the Criteria for Performance Excellence called Criteria 101