Frequently Asked Questions
The W. Edwards Deming Institute® is a virtual organization, with no brick and mortar facility. Our staff, board and committee members work collaboratively from locations all across the US. They also gather throughout the year for meetings, retreats, and Deming Institute events.
The Deming Institute is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit but the IRS has determined that we are not a private foundation. The Institute is a public charity, which relies on income from our educational programs and events and charitable contributions from individual donors, businesses, private foundations and other nonprofits. As a nonprofit organization, the money we raise goes to support our programs and services, scholarships, educational events and special initiatives, and to strengthen our operations in pursuit of our aim.
The Deming Institute was established by Dr. Deming and his family shortly before Dr. Deming’s passing in December 1993, to fulfill his wish of creating a nonprofit organization that would carry on his life’s work. True to his philosophy, Dr. Deming believed the organization should be a collaborative community effort, so he did not fund its establishment or ongoing operations.
As a virtual organization, we don’t have a central location for on-site volunteer opportunities. However, we often need volunteer help with special projects, or for our events (tasks such as pre-event prep, registration, set up, and extra hands during session activities). If you’re interested in helping out, let us know by filling out our contact form. Please include your city and state and any special interests or skills you’d like to contribute. We’ll let you know about volunteer projects that can be done remotely, or events we’re planning in your area.
If you are interested in an internship, please contact our Executive Director, Kevin Cahill.
A limited number of scholarships are available for our educational events. More information is available on the Scholarship Program page. Or check the event page for the scholarships we are offering for a specific event, and the requirements. You can apply by filling out an online form.
The Deming Institute facilitators have all completed an intensive six-day training program to learn how to present our seminars. At this time we do not have a future facilitator training program planned. However, if you are interested, please contact our Executive Director, Kevin Cahill.
The Deming Institute does not have a certification program. Rather, we work to foster an understanding of Dr. Deming’s philosophy through resources on our website, our podcasts and videos, and our seminars, conferences and workshops. We encourage those interested to read Dr. Deming’s books Out of the Crisis and The New Economics as well as his archived papers, available on our website.
The seminar is based on the work of W. Edwards Deming and addresses a number of management principles that are not well understood in many organizations. Facilitated discussions on systems, statistical variation, theory of knowledge and psychology of people are supplemented with organizational life examples. A number of interactive exercises help to clarify the concepts. Deming's book, The New Economics, will be given to participants of the seminar.
Dr. Deming never accepted or used a PDCA cycle in his work. His approach was the PDSA cycle, which is very different. Click here to read Ron Moen’s article on the difference and origins of both the PDSA and PDCA cycles. Ron worked extensively with Dr. Deming and shares insight into Deming’s use of the PDSA cycle and its origins.
We appreciate the efforts of those who would like to encourage awareness of Dr. Deming’s teachings, however, The W. Edwards Deming Institute® logo is trademarked and only to be used for official Deming Institute purposes.
To request permission to reprint the PDSA Cycle from our website, please fill out our contact form and let us know how you plan to use the PDSA cycle. We will respond as soon as possible to let you know if your request has been approved.
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