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The IDI is a statistically reliable, valid measure of intercultural sensitivity. In other words, it measures a person's basic sensitivity towards (and therefore effectiveness with) cultural difference. When team members take the IDI, it measures not only the basic sensitivity of individual team members but also then of the team as a whole.

The IDI generates individual profiles and a team profile documenting our "worldview orientation to difference." This indicates the capacity we hold for exercising intercultural competence and identifies the issues that are limiting or facilitating our ongoing development.

The insights gained from taking the IDI and participating in a customized feedback interview allow individuals and teams to strategically target their development of intercultural competence. As administered by Barbara Schaetti, it is an illuminating and empowering experience.

Based on Dr. Milton Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), the IDI was constructed and tested by Dr. Mitch Hammer. It has been widely used since 1998 with individuals and organizations in both corporate and educational sessions, in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The instrument itself was developed with the intensive input of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and is rated reliable as an instrument for people regardless of cultural orientation. It is currently available in Chinese, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

For more information about the IDI and DMIS, please visit the website of the Intercultural Communication Institute.