IRPE Process


IRPE Tiers

Tier 1 – Explorer
Application Process: Complete Organization Profile Template
What’s included:

  • Facilitated Gallery Walk
  • Feedback Report
  • 1 Examiner Training Fee waived
  • Recognition

Tier 2 – Discoverer
Application Process: Organiation Profile and Basic Requirements via provided template
What’s included:

  • Feedback report
  • Consultative Site Visit (1 day)
  • 1 Examiner Training Fee Waived
  • Recognition

Tier 3 – Navigator
Application Process: Organizational Profile and Overall Requirements via provided template
What’s included:

  • Feedback report
  • Consultative or Real Site Visit (1-3 days)
  • 2 Examiners Training Fee Waived
  • Recognition based on points

Tier 4 – Trail Guide
Application Process: Full Application modeled after National Baldrige Program
What’s included:

  • Feedback report
  • Site Visit
  • 2 Examiners Training Fee Waived
  • Recognition based on points

Training Application – Trail Blazer
Application Process: Submit application used for National Baldrige or draft application to keep the organization fresh and involved.
What’s included:

  • Feedback report
  • Examiners Training Fee Waived

Process Summary:

  • Free Examiner could be new or returning.
  • Tier’s 1, 2 & 3 can apply any time during the year.
  • Applicant pays for site-visit hotels directly.
  • Invoice will be sent upon receipt of eligibility form with 50% due in 30 days and remaining 50% due in 90 days from invoice date.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must have employees in Iowa.
  • The applicant must have been located in Iowa for at least one year.
  • Ownership outside of Iowa does not restrict eligibility for the IRPE.
  • Submission of a Baldrige application in the same year does not restrict eligibility for the IRPE.
  • Organizations achieving IRPE Gold Level Recognition are ineligible to receive an award in the next three years. These organizations may, however submit an application to receive a feedback report as part of their continuing journey toward performance excellence.
  • Sub-units, buildings and departments may apply (e.g. High School only, Orthopedic Clinic, West Des Moines location only).

Key Dates:

  • Tier 4 eligibility due June 26
  • Examiner Applications due July 17
  • Tier 4 applications due Aug 5
  • Examiner Training Aug 6 & 7 (new examiners must attend 2 days, returning 1 day)
  • Consensus Week Sept 16-19

Tier Eligibility Forms


Examiner Application Form