Iowa Partners in Efficiency Award

An award recognizing the use of Lean tools and techniques that result in the improvement of delivery of services to the benefit of Iowa citizens and the private sector.


The "Iowa Partners In Efficiency" is an annual award ceremony acknowledging achievement of particular benefit to the citizens of Iowa and the private sector, recognizing public sector employees and teams that significantly and measurably increase productivity and promote innovation to improve the delivery of public services and save money for Iowa taxpayers and businesses.

Making our government - city, county, state - more efficient through the implementation of Lean, impacts all of us positively. Since 2010, the Iowa Partners in Efficiency award has recognized the efforts of Iowa government entities to improve their operational efficiency. 2013 marks a move of this award sponsorship to the Iowa Lean Consortium from the Iowa Business Council.


The award will:

  • publicly acknowledge and highlight outstanding efforts at efficiency, productivity, cost avoidance, and waste elimination in government;

  • improve regulatory processes and performance targets;

  • drive economic competitiveness;

  • foster better work environments; and,

  • develop leaders and innovators with a bias for action.

  • institutionalize Lean within government

Go to the Iowa Partners in Efficiency Award application.


"The Iowa Lean Consortium commends the city, county, and state agencies that are implementing Lean in their operations to improve service to their constituencies and to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their organizations," said ILC President Teresa Hay McMahon. "The Partneres in Efficiency Award encourages and celebrates the sustained and creative use of Lean throughout the public sector to achieve responsive, result-oriented government for all Iowans and to improve competitiveness."
§ The Iowa Lean Consortium is dedicated to advancing Lean in all sectors of our economy.


Previous Winners:

  • 2013: Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), Western Service Area Application Prodess
  • 2012: Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR), Billing Adjustments
  • 2011: Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) Electric Transmission Franchise Process
  • 2010: The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Organ Transplant Clinic

More Information:

  • Award nominations will be accepted from March 28 - June 15, 2014. 

  • Representatives of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) will judge the entries. 

  • Finalists will be selected in July 2014. 

  • The winner will be announced during ILC's Annual Fall Conference.