Development psychometrics for individuals and organisations
Our diversity psychometrics help develop those positive individual and team behaviours that are so key to building inclusive cultures at work.
Psychometric testing can support the development of awareness and reflection skills in individuals. We have a suite of products we use specifically to develop cultural intelligence.
The Harvard Implicit Test – measure the impact of unconscious bias
For some organisations, the Harvard Implicit Test will be sufficient to build an understanding of individual bias, and can be incorporated directly into our training programmes.
The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) – assess and develop your cultural intelligence
For those companies looking for a more nuanced reading of cultural intelligence, we use the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI is a dedicated cultural intelligence assessment tool. Organisations worldwide use the IDI to support their talent development strategies, strengthen their unconscious bias training, and build inclusive leadership teams.
Bespoke diversity psychometrics – more options
We are licensed to practice using a wide range of psychometric testing tools, including:
- Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behaviour (FIRO-B)
- The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF)
- Hay Group 360 Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI)
- Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ)
- Saville Wave Performance Culture Framework
- VAKAd System
- StrengthsFinder 2.o
- DISC Personality Testing.
Our specialists will work with you to determine the most effective test to drive learning in your organisation, whatever business you’re in.
Discover what our diversity psychometrics can do for you.
Measure and develop cultural intelligence with the IDI
The Intercultural Development Inventory, or IDI for short, gives managers the chance to measure and develop their ability to adapt their leadership style or behaviours when working with diverse teams. First developed in the US in 1998, it is now used in over 40 countries. We were the first consultancy to deliver the IDI to UK businesses.
The IDI provides a reading of how effective you are in responding to difference. After taking the IDI test online, your managers will receive an analysis of their current position on a cultural intelligence scale.
Your qualified IDI practitioner will then provide one-to-one coaching in order to interpret and action plan on the results.
We call this our Inclusive Cultures Pathway.
What is cultural intelligence at work?
Cultural intelligence is the ability of individuals to accurately understand and effectively adapt to the social and cultural differences stemming from any aspect of workplace diversity. Leaders and managers with high cultural intelligence are experts in cross-cultural communication. They display cultural awareness and sensitivity in everything they do at work.
Cultural intelligence is both an essential leadership skill and key to unlocking the business benefits of a diverse workforce.
It is now possible to assess, measure and develop the cultural intelligence of individuals, groups and organisations. The IDI enables both individuals and groups to test and adapt their behaviour to diversity and difference, and to develop the leadership skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with social and cultural differences.
Culturally intelligent leaders are 3.5 times more likely to get the full potential out of their staff
Teams with high levels of diversity and inclusion outperform their peers by 80%
How does the IDI work?
After an initial briefing session to introduce the Intercultural Development Inventory, each individual spends about 30 minutes completing the online IDI questionnaire. One of our IDI specialists will then analyse the results, along with those of any other individuals in your staff group, senior management team, or organisation. Our analysis will provide a reading of where the individual believes they are placed on the cultural intelligence scale; it will also provide a separate reading of where they are placed in accordance with the IDI survey.
Typically, we then deliver an in-house workshop with your group to explore the position of the group as a whole on the Inclusive Cultures Pathway.
The final stage is a one-to-one coaching session (usually one hour) between the individual and their IDI assessor, to explore which parts of the reading resonate with them and why. This provides a structured space for each participant to explore their personal development needs in cultural intelligence.
The IDI methodology in full:
- Pre-IDI briefing (either by individual or group) to orientate users with the approach, principles and aims of the psychometric
- Users complete the online IDI psychometric
- Group IDI results workshop, if applicable
- One-to-one coaching session on each individual’s IDI results
- Delivery of full IDI report.
What makes the IDI stand out as a cultural intelligence development tool?
The IDI was developed in the USA in 1998 by Dr Mitchell Hammer and Diann Hammer. Now used in over 40 countries, this 50-item, theory-based instrument, is currently available in 17 languages.
The instrument generates an in-depth graphic profile of an individual’s or group’s predominant level of cultural intelligence, along with a detailed textual interpretation. Currently, there are over 1,800 qualified IDI v3 Administrators actively using the IDI with thousands of public, private and third sector organisations. These individuals attend the IDI Qualifying Seminar and are engaged in cutting-edge coaching, team-building, needs analysis, programme evaluation and research efforts that incorporate the IDI as a primary assessment tool.
Most of the other assessment tools available only measure characteristics or behaviours thought to be associated with cultural intelligence. As a result, it is difficult to establish their validity and reliability. The IDI is different because it is grounded in cultural intelligence theory, and meets the standard scientific criteria for a valid psychometric tool.