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Awards Applicants

Application Levels, Recognition Tiers, and Award Recipients. (KAPE uses the leading-edge Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as the framework for fulfilling its mission is to help organizations across Pennsylvania improve their performance and outcomes.)


KAPE examiners give their time generously and enthusiastically as members of the board. Examiners make major contributions, both to the state effort to recognize and promote performance excellence and to their employing organizations.

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Become a Member.  (KAPE’s Mission is to be the catalyst for performance excellence in all sectors of the Pennsylvania economy) (Learn more and become a KAPE Member)

Events & Workshops

Annual Conference and Events

Learn, network, and engage with organizations that are on the leading edge of performance excellence and innovation.

Who We Are

The Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence (KAPE) is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation that helps all types of organizations improve their performance and outcomes, including productivity, workforce engagement, competitiveness, and customer and stakeholder satisfaction.

We use 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 in addressing each applicant’s unique challenges. 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.

KAPE receives no financial or resource support from the government. Our organization is funded by members and sponsors, and we rely almost entirely on volunteers who share our passion for performance excellence.

Core Values

The Keystone Excellence Award is based on the eleven Core Values that are the foundation of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. These values and concepts are the foundation for integrating key business and organizational requirements within a results-oriented framework. The core values and concepts are:

  • Visionary leadership
  • Managing for innovation
  • Customer-driven excellence
  • Management by fact
  • Organizational and personal learning
  • Societal responsibility
  • Valuing workforce members and partners
  • Focus on results and creating value
  • Agility
  • Systems perspective
  • Focus on the future
  • Encourage Pennsylvania organizations to assess their practices and improvement processes using the Criteria
  • Recognize organizations that practice outstanding processes and measurable continuous improvement toward performance excellence
  • Disseminate information and encourage sharing of best practices
  • Promote the understanding and requirements of customer-focused performance excellence
  • Encourage partnerships among all organizations in business, education, health care and not-for-profit sectors toward performance excellence
  • Improve the economic well-being and quality of life in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Why Apply ?

KAPE helps Pennsylvania organizations achieve performance excellence using the Baldrige Criteria as a framework for improvement. Many Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients begin their performance excellence journeys by using their state Quality Award programs. In this video, leaders of Baldrige Award recipient organizations explain why they started their Baldrige journeys, and what their organizations have gained from the experience. The video was created by the Alliance for Performance Excellence, a nonprofit network of international, national, state, and local Baldrige-based award programs.


“To be the catalyst for performance excellence in all sectors of the Pennsylvania economy. “

An Important Deadline Is Approaching

KAPE is now accepting Intent to Apply Forms for the 2015 KAPE Awards Process. Completed forms must be postmarked by January 5 2015. Organizations from all sectors can apply (including government agencies). Forms and guidance for submitting an application are now... read more

Apply Now to Become a KAPE Examiner

KAPE is seeking examiners for the 2015 award cycle. KAPE Examiners support and evaluate the performance improvement of all types of organizations—businesses, schools, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations, including government agencies. Examiners make major... read more

Keystone Alliance for
Performance Excellence
590 Centerville Rd. #260
Lancaster, PA 17601-1306

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