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In post-test results of the IDI, the Range of Orientations shows that the percentage of individuals in each orientation shifted up along the continuum. However, the average DO & PO are very similar. How is this possible?

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DO = 113.44

PO = 128.98

OG = 15.54

Range: 10% Pol; 55% Min; 30% Accept; 5% Adapt


DO = 114.38

PO = 129.52

OG = 15.14

Range: 6% Pol; 46% Min; 33% Accept; 15% Adapt

If each group had the same number of respondents, then their results show that fewer individuals are in Polarization and Minimization and that the total for the intercultural mindsets (Acceptance & Adaptation) increased from 35% to 48%.  The reason that the mean PO and DO didn't change much is likely that most individuals who moved into Acceptance and Adaptation are at the very early or numerically lower end of the those orientations. With Minimization spanning 30 points, it is possible that a number of individuals are also at the earlier end of that the orientation. The way to talk about this is that the group is still most likely to find consensus or feel most comfortable using Minimization strategies (as this is where the majority lies) but that, as they are very close to Acceptance, they are also likely to be increasingly interested in more complex cultural differences. 

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