The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model is a well established managment framework introduced at the beginning of 1992 as the framework for assessing organisations for the European Quality Award. It is now the most widely used organisational framework in Europe and it has become the basis for the majority of national and regional Quality Awards.
Regardless of sector, size, structure or maturity, to be successful, organisations need to establish an appropriate management framework.
The EFQM Excellence Model is a practical tool that can be used in a number of different ways:
- As a tool for Self-Assessment
- As a way to Benchmark with other organisations
- As a guide to identify areas for Improvement
- As the basis for a common Vocabulary and a way of thinking
- As a Structure for the organisation's management system
The EFQM Excellence Model is a non-prescriptive framework based on 9 criteria. Five of these are 'Enablers' and four are 'Results'. The 'Enabler' criteria cover what an organisation does. The 'Results' criteria cover what an organisation achieves. 'Results' are caused by 'Enablers' and 'Enablers' are improved using feedback from 'Results'.
The Model, which recognises there are many approaches to achieving sustainable excellence in all aspects of performance, is based on the premise that:
Excellent results with respect to Performance, Customers, People and Society are achieved through Leadership driving Policy and Strategy, that is delivered through People, Partnerships and Resources, and Processes.