Information on Communities of Excellence 2026 (COE 2026)

COE 2026 In the Media


Part I of a Learning Lab series on Communities of Excellence 2026: Using a Baldrige Framework to Drive Transformation. This five part series will share a framework for a systems-based approach to facilitating “community performance excellence”. Beginning with background context and the “why” of this approach, the series will also share success stories from high-performing communities and key learnings from field experts. It will culminate in a focus on sustainability and spreading what works.

Part II of our series:  Using Baldrige to Drive Transformation.  This Learning Lab centers on square-one fundamentals of a framework-based approach to community transformation, as well as context for this area of innovation. Participants will get to know the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and why it was adapted for community transformation, learn key features of the Communities of Excellence Framework, and identify first steps that a community can take.

Part III:  Learning From San Diego.  

Learning from San Diego - Building Safe, Healthy, and Thriving Communities through Collaboration.  This Learning Lab will center on how government, non-profit, and business organizations in San Diego are using a Baldrige framework to create a safe, healthy, and thriving community for diverse residents. The effort is part of the Live Well San Diego initiative, which began in 2010 as a health improvement strategy, and evolved into a more holistic community improvement project.

Part IV:  Continue Learning From San Diego

Continue Learning From San Diego - COE Framework Aligning Community and Organization.  Guest Presenter Anabel Poole will discuss San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency Baldrige journey and how implementing the Communities of Excellence Framework has resulted in key insights regarding the way the Agency operates in the community.

From the 2016 National Baldrige Quest for Excellence Conference:  Using Baldrige to Improve Community Outcomes.  Presented April 5th, 2016 by Brian Lassiter, Max Summers, and Stephanie Norling