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IDI Introduction Message for QAs to Send to Respondents

This article is intended for licensed IDI Qualified Administrators. If you are not a licensed IDI Qualified Administrator and are interested in being licensed to use the Intercultural Development Inventory, visit this article: Should I become an IDI Qualified Administrator (QA)?


This article details a sample message for QAs to use as a basis for creating their own message to respondent(s). To learn more about the automated email that is sent from the IDI assessment website, please review Automated Email to Respondents When Including Respondent Email Addresses.


As a QA, you may want to send a more custom or personal message to your respondent(s) than the automated email form the IDI assessment website. Below, you will find a template message with some standard information, as well as placeholders for your own information. You can choose to include relevant portions of the template below in the Message to Respondents section of the ordering page when you purchase the IDI or create and send your own email to participants directly from your inbox.




Dear [insert name],


You are invited to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as part of the [insert IDI project name and/or project details].

Listed below is your IDI Login Code (username and password) that you will use to complete the IDI. Please complete the assessment as soon as possible and by no later than [insert date]. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes.

Your results are confidential and [insert details about confidentiality policy and who will have access to IDI data].

[If respondents will receive IDI results, include details about the process. Individual Profile reports may only be shared in a one-on-one Individual Debrief. Group Profile reports may be shared in a Group Debrief.]

Before completing the IDI, please take a moment to review the following information.


About the IDI

The IDI is a cross-culturally valid and reliable instrument which measures the way an individual or group experiences cultural differences and similarities. This instrument creates a “worldview profile” that details your primary mindset or approach toward navigating cultural differences.

This instrument is not a measurement of how much you know or don’t know. It is not a climate survey or a measurement of your attitude or how prejudiced you are. IDI results are useful primarily as they relate to intercultural encounters—your profile is not a picture of your whole personality. Instead, it is a measure of how you currently experience cultural differences and outlines ways you can work to meet your goals to experience cultural differences from a more complex perspective. 


Defining Culture

Each of us has a worldview that is related to participation in one or more culture groups. These groups are typically defined by national and/or ethnic boundaries, but they may also represent other affiliations. In the IDI, terms such as “our culture” or “my culture” refer to the culture group(s) to which you feel you “belong” the most. The terms “other cultures,” “people from different cultures,” or “different cultures” refer to groups to which you do not feel you belong.

Think about other cultures with which you are familiar. Please avoid considering cultures you know only from the media. Respond to each item in the IDI in terms of the specific culture groups with which you have had the most contact or experience.


IDI Instructions

The items on the IDI are drawn from actual statements made by individuals from many cultures throughout the world. The wording and content of the items reflect a range of viewpoints toward cultural differences. It is important that you respond to each item based on your agreement or disagreement with the overall content of each item. You should not respond based on whether you believe a certain type of statement should or should not be made, or whether you like or dislike the way a statement is worded.

  1. Visit https://idi5.idiassessment.com/

  2. Enter your IDI Login Code (*Please note that the username and password are case sensitive.)
    • Username: [XXXXXXXX]
    • Password: [XXXXXXXXXX]
  3. After reading the directions carefully, respond to the items in the IDI. Once you have answered all of the questions, be sure to click Submit Assessment.


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