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Presenting Group or Individual Debriefs First

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When possible, QAs should do a Group Debrief first, followed by one-on-one Individual Debriefs. Generally, people are more comfortable looking at group results, since it's aggregate data (no one is identified). Conducting a Group Debrief first also allows QAs to share the background and theory of the IDI and explain the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC). This is useful for a few reasons:

  • First, you must share background info on the IDI and introduce participants to the IDC before sharing IDI results to ensure participants understand their results;
  • This allows you to cover the background with multiple people at once, rather than several times with each individual.
  • It also allows participants to sit with the info and have time to reflect before receiving their individual results.
  • It also usually piques more interest - after seeing the group results, individuals get curious about their own results.

That being said, if you've already conducted or planned Individual Debriefs first, that is ok. You can always go back and generate any configuration of group you wish and hold a Group Debrief after. 

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