Assessments

This page contains information on some of the many assessments out there for organizations and individuals interested in further pursuing issues of diversity, inclusion and engagement. As Minnesota's demographic continue to change, it is imperative for nonprofits to understand this dynamic because they can aim to better understand and thus serve their constituents and communities. These assessments are great resources in understanding where your organization is with respect to matters of diversity and equity, based on the factors that each individual assessment is crafted to measure.

 

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is an assessment based on the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). The IDI measures an organization’s intercultural competence, defined as one’s ability to appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. Intercultural competence has been identified as a critical capability in a number of studies focusing on overseas effectiveness of international sojourners, international business adaptation and job performance and inter-ethnic relations within nations. It is an internationally recognized and reliable tool because it measures the cognitive structures of an organization rather than individual attitudes. 

The Intercultural Development Inventory is a 50-item questionnaire, available online and in a paper-and-pencil format that can be completed in 15–20 minutes. It is available in two different versions: one for use in educational institutions and the other in all other organizational settings. Each version is customized with different demographic questions as well as customized analysis of individual and group profile results. After individuals complete the IDI, each person’s responses to the 50 items are analyzed and reports are prepared that include the person’s written responses to the contexting questions. The IDI generates profiles of an individual’s intercultural competence, as well as the organization's intercultural competence. An IDI-certified facilitator can prepare a customized Intercultural Development Plan (IDP) for an individual desiring to further develop their intercultural competence. More information on the pricing of various services offered can be found on their website.

 

The Diamond Inclusiveness Assessment  is an assessment designed to help an organization better define and shape its cultural inclusiveness performance. It evaluates organizations based on the DIA’s 8 dimensions: built environment, cultural capital, financial investment, human development, natural environment, political capital, social capital and spiritual capital. The DIA pinpoints where survey-takers see your organization being inclusive. Knowledge of these “areas of strength” builds organizational pride, and gives employees and leaders authentic success stories to share. Further analyses provide insight into processes that could be applied to other areas of the organization that need improvement. 

The DIA is a 64-question survey that any group can take online or in print. Survey-takers respond to a comprehensive set of statements, indicating the extent to which they observe each particular policy, behavior or situation in their organization. Summary and analysis reports can be generated at the group and organization levels. Reports are shared with leaders, survey-takers and stakeholders to generate key insights and shared meaning. The DIA is to be completed by 15 people involved with the organization (staff/board/client/volunteer) and only takes about 20 minutes for each individual to complete. The basic package costs $1000, and more information on pricing options are available.

 

StrengthsFinder is an online measure of personal talent that identifies areas where an individual’s greatest potential for building strengths exists. It is an assessment that identifies an individual’s top strengths based on the 34 strengths that has been developed over years of research. By focusing on strengths, this assessment provides a starting point in the identification of specific personal talents, and the related supporting materials help individuals discover how to build upon their talents to develop strengths within their roles. The primary application of StrengthsFinder is as an evaluation that initiates a strengths-based development process in work and academic settings.

The assessment is done online individually, involves quickly choosing an answer based on the statement provided, and requires about 20 minutes to complete. The standard assessment result is receiving one’s top 5 strengths for $9.99 plus reports on how to interpret one's results. However, a full report ranking all 34 strengths is available at a higher price. More information on pricing and services can be found on the link provided above.

 

If you know of other assessment tools that should be included on this page, please send a brief description of the assessment(s), a link to its website and a description on how you have used the assessment(s) to Paul Vliem at pvliem@minnesotanonprofits.org.

 
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