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Other Assessments and How They Compare

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®), Cultural Quotient (Cultural Intelligence) and the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES) all measure the individual but do not measure the organization. Their “organization” reports are simply roll-ups of all the individual data.

The Catalyst Inclusion Accelerator and the Cultural Values Assessment (CVA) both measure teams and the organization, but do not measure the individual. Some self-assessments require a minimum number of participants, while some require a maximum number.

Below is an abbreviated list of several diversity and inclusion assessment tools and how they compare to the Spectra Assessment. Only one checks all the boxes.

Inventory (IDI)
Scale (IES)
Assessment (CVA)
Measures the Individual
Measures the Organization      
Statistically Validated  
Individual Level Report  
Group/team Report
Custom sub-categories for data        
Custom open-ended questions      
Train-the-Trainer Facilitation Kit Option
No minimum or maximum # of participants No max / 750 min

Using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®) with the Spectra Assessment

The IDI is a robust and well-developed self-assessment tool that is often used by our Change Partners in conjunction with the Spectra Assessment. Here’s a case study of how one D&I consultant used both the IDI and the Spectra Assessment.

A non-profit organization requested one of our Change Partners to implement a diversity and inclusion program. She started by administering a Spectra Assessment with the organization’s Diversity Council. The results found that opinions differed along racial/ethnic demographic lines.

She then administered the IDI with the Diversity Council and organization’s managers/executives and followed it with special coaching. Finally, she administered the Spectra Assessment organization wide. Individual Reports were rolled out in advance of D&I training sessions.

Using the Spectra Assessment to uncover racial/ethnic issues and first coaching key stakeholders helped to ensure a successful organization-wide training initiative. The non-profit also made needed changes in several of its Policies, Practices and Procedures.

[CTA] Case Studies: Using the Spectra Assessment [link to case study blog posts – can they be grouped on a page?]

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