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The Intercultural Development Inventory - IDI®

The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) assesses intercultural competence—the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. Intercultural competence has been identified as a critical capability in a number of studies focusing on overseas effectiveness of international travelers, international business adaptation and job performance, international student adjustment, international transfer of technology and information, international study abroad, and inter-ethnic relations within nations.

Why does it matter?

Research conducted on intercultural effectiveness, cross cultural adaptation and adjustment, international job performance, diversity and inclusion efforts, and other forms of intercultural contact (e.g., tourism, immigration, refugee resettlement), clearly identifies intercultural competence as a key capability for working and living effectively with people from different cultures.

What should you expect?

The Intercultural Development Inventory is a 50-item online questionnaire that includes contexting questions that allow respondents to describe their intercultural experiences in terms of 

  • (a) their cross-cultural goals,
  • (b) the challenges that they face navigating cultural differences,
  • (c) critical (intercultural) incidents that they face when they encounter cultural differences, and
  • (d) the ways they navigate those cultural differences.

The assessment can be completed in 15–20 minutes. After completion of the assessment, individual, group and administrative debriefs can be scheduled with a Qualified Administrator. During the debriefing, results will be explained as well as a plan for further intercultural competence development. Available in 17 languages, the IDI is also available in two different versions: one for use in educational institutions and the other in all other organizational settings.

How can I schedule an assessment for myself or for a group?

For more information and/or to schedule a consult, please submit all requests to DEITraining@kent.edu with the subject line “IDI request”.

Brief overview of the IDI®

An Introduction to the Intercultural Development Inventory