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Developmental Orientation vs. Precise Score

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As with any assessment, there can be some variation in score (see the Resource Guide for more information on the Standard Error of Measurement of the IDI). In addition, respondents can sometimes get over focused on the number itself and lose sight of the broader implications of being within a particular orientation. Thus, we encourage QAs to focus on the orientation itself. One reason the scores are so precise despite this, is that the IDI is used for research, which requires more precise numbers. However, the exact number (down to the hundredths place) is not as important for general use.

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