INTERCULTURAL DEVELOPMENT INVENTORY (IDI) ASSESSMENT 

Assessing Cultural Diversity Efforts

Assessing your cultural diversity efforts can sometimes be quite daunting. How do we know if we’re making impact with our training efforts?

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Assessment is a great tool used to identify where an individual or group’s cultural sensitivity lies. 

What is the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Assessment?

The IDI is a statistically sound, cross-culturally valid assessment that measures an individual or group’s specific level of cultural competence. As part of the assessment process, individuals are asked to complete a 50-item, online assessment.  Although the assessment is completed individually, the results can be disseminated both as a group or individual report.

The IDI provides a structure for understanding how we, as individuals and organizations, see difference. Five stages of mindsets and skillsets describe the levels of effectiveness when we interact across differences both individually and organizationally.

Furthermore, the IDI has been demonstrated (through research) to have high predictive validity to both bottom-line cross-cultural outcomes in organizations and intercultural goal accomplishments in education.  

There are a number of reasons for using the IDI assessment tool:

  • The IDI is theory-based. The IDI is the only theory-based assessment of intercultural competence.
  • The IDI is developmental. The IDI is the only developmental assessment of intercultural competence
  • The IDI provides practical, in-depth information. The IDI allows extensive and in-depth insights on individual and group levels of intercultural competence.


As the information is growing, we are beginning to conduct this assessment for those outside the network. IDI is a valuable tool to determine if an individual or organization is ready and offers suggestions as to how to move forward. For more information, please contact Fannie Glover fglover@earlycareandlearning.org or call 518-690-4217 ext. 18.