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Show Me Challenge

Often the first step in an organization’s journey toward performance excellence, The Show Me Challenge is an entry-level organizational assessment that provides a simple methodology to determine organizational strengths and next steps to enhance a focus on customers and performance improvement. The Show Me Challenge is a guided self-assessment tool, whereas the Missouri Quality Award process is an assessment by a team of professionals outside of your organization. An assessment, unlike an audit, is a comprehensive and integrated tool that recognizes the strengths as well as opportunities for improvement within your organization. This allows you to identify effective processes to continue building upon, and to identify the appropriate next steps for your organization to take in order to improve performance. Thus, this assessment tool seeks to build a comprehensive understanding of your organization's performance and develop actionable steps for improvement. The Missouri Quality Award Criteria for Performance Excellence provide the framework for the Show Me Challenge. This proven business model has been validated at the state and national levels through quality award programs such as the Missouri Quality Award and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The Criteria consist of seven major categories that address all major systems making up any organization. The concepts embedded in the Criteria Categories may be complex or unclear to those organizations just beginning a formalized performance improvement process. The Show Me Challenge simplifies the seven Categories in order to create a more general, yet highly effective assessment tool that can be used to baseline your organization's performance levels and embark on improvement efforts. The Foundation is happy to provide you guidance as you select an approach that takes your organizational constraints into account and best meets your desired outcomes. If you would like additional information on the Show Me Challenge please contact us or call 573-659-1231.