FAQs

1. Do the recent events in the U.S.A. around the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice affect the use of the IDI?

The IDI measures an individual’s or group’s mindset for dealing with cultural differences. Validation studies of the IDI indicate this mindset towards cultural differences is stable across a wide range of human experiences and challenges. In only rare cases does a transitional event or traumatic event directly impact how we make sense of or construe cultural differences, the focus of the IDI.

Whether current events would be considered transitional or traumatic events for a person is going to vary by individual, based on several factors such as the direct impact of the events on one’s work and home life; and whether they or someone they know have directly experienced negative impacts due to these events. In addition, the extent to which these events may be considered transitional or traumatic will vary based on these factors. What we do know is that in only rare cases does a transitional or traumatic event play a role in how an individual makes sense of cultural differences.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: While the pandemic may impact thinking and behavior in regards to safety, in the vast number of cases this impact does not significantly change our mindset towards cultural differences. However, if a respondent feels their thinking and behavior has changed specifically towards how they engage cultural differences, you may wish to ask them to reflect on how this transitional situation may impact how they make sense of cultural differences and commonalities as identified by their IDI results.

Regarding events around racial injustice: Due to the cultural nature of these events for many, it is possible that these events may be considered transitional or traumatic, and may be reflected in IDI results. That being said, an individual’s results will still be valid of their current experience, and will present an accurate portrait of how the person is making sense of cultural differences.

In any case, the IDI profile results present an accurate portrait of how an individual makes sense of cultural differences.

While we may see an effect on IDI results as a result of current events, IDI, LLC does not recommend waiting to administer the IDI, and in fact, believes this is a more important time than ever to engage individuals in this work and conversations. We encourage you to continue using the IDI as you would prior to current events, but encourage you to make time and space for conversation, if needed, around how these events could potentially be impacting respondents, and how this may be showing up in their profile results.

2. Who uses the IDI Inventory?

The IDI Inventory is used in educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporations, to name a few. Click here to see more details on who uses the IDI.

3. Can IDI, LLC come to our organizations to certify selected employees to use the IDI in our organization?

Yes, IDI, LLC is able to come to your school or organization and conduct a private IDI Qualifying Seminar. For more details on private seminars, click here.

4. We do not have an IDI Qualified Administrator in our organization and we wish to administer the IDI to all of our employees. How can we accomplish this?

IDI, LLC can provide recommendations for licensed IDI Qualified Administrators who can work with you for your project. Contact us with a brief description of your project and we will send you information on an IDI QA that is suited to your needs.

5. I am in charge of locating an instrument to use in our company-wide diversity and inclusion efforts. What can I present to or provide as a handout to our team regarding the IDI Inventory?

In summary, 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 sojourners, international business adaptation and job performance, international student adjustment, international transfer of technology and information, international study abroad and inter-ethnic relations within nations. The Intercultural Development Inventory is a 50-item questionnaire, available online and in a paper-and-pencil format that can be completed in 15–20 minutes.

Located on our website is information on our products, and more valuable information to assist you about the IDI.

12 Reasons for using the IDI, The IDI Compared to Other Cross-Cultural ToolsIDI Validation

In addition, you may print out our PDF, Why Should You Consider Using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)  that is available on our website for your team members.

6. I am interested in administering the IDI to high school students. What age student can take the IDI Inventory?

Reliability analysis of the IDI indicates the IDI is appropriate to use with high school (secondary) students. Also, results from two separate readability analyses indicate the IDI can be used with high school students ages 15 and older.

7. I am interested in using the IDI Inventory to complete my doctoral dissertation. Where can I find this information?
8. Is the IDI Inventory available in other languages?

Yes, the IDI Assessment can be completed in any of the following 17 languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Czech
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
9. What payment options are available to purchase usernames to access the IDI Assessment?

Our default payment type for all customers is Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Each IDI account is automatically approved to use this payment option once the account is activated.

Other payment options include Invoice and Purchase Order, which are available upon request for Educational Institutions (colleges, universities, K-12, seminaries), Non-Profit Organizations, and Government agencies only.

To request an additional payment option, please send your request to us via email at support@idiinventory.com.

10. How is the data collected through the IDI Assessment managed?

The IDI Assessment is owned and operated by IDI, LLC who understands the importance of privacy. IDI, LLC participates in and has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union to the United States. To view IDI, LLC’s privacy policy, click here.

IDI Qualified Administrators are bound by license to ensure confidentiality, privacy, and security regarding access to any data collected from the IDI Assessment and IDI Reports. IDI, LLC keeps IDI Assessment data for a period of five (5) years, and reserves the right to use anonymous data unless a request is made by an individual or an organization to have it removed sooner. It is the responsibility of the Qualified Administrator (QA) to handle all such requests and to remove data per data removal procedures. If a request is made to remove information from the database, it will be permanently deleted and will no longer be accessible to IDI, LLC, the QA, or client.

11. Can I reserve a seat for an upcoming Qualifying Seminar?

If you plan to attend a Qualifying Seminar (or plan to register someone from your organization), simply register for any available public Qualifying Seminar on the Public Dates & Registration page. However, you are only able to reserve a seat by completing the registration with the information of the individual that would be attending as IDI, LLC is unable to “hold” a seat for a future registration. All registrations are subject to the IDI Qualifying Seminar Policies.

12. What is the cost to attend the IDI Qualifying Seminar?

Please refer to the IDI Products, Services, & Pricing page for information on the tuition rates to attend the IDI Qualifying Seminar. To register for a public IDI Qualifying Seminar, please visit the Public IDI Qualifying Seminar Dates & Registration page.