The IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) is an assessment that helps organizations increase their cultural awareness by determining their place on the intercultural development continuum.
What is the Intercultural Development Continuum?
The Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC) is a model used in the IDI to aide in understanding your organizations orientation toward cultural competency. There are five orientations that measure the organization’s cultural outlook, from a Monocultural Mindset to Intercultural Mindset:
- Denial – oblivious to diversity
- Polarization – critiques diversity
- Minimization – overlooks diversity
- Acceptance – understands diversity
- Adaptation – prioritizes diversity
Barriers to Cultural Competence that Arise Along the IDC
Understanding where your organization falls on the continuum is important as it lays the foundation for any movement toward organizational change. However, each orientation has its own barriers to cultural competence and decision-making parameters to consider.