Recommended Assessment Instruments

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In accordance with the principles of assessment best practice, CILMAR's preference is to recommend--or in some cases, to create--instruments that align with one or more dimensions of our faculty-approved, rubric-derived definition of intercultural competence. By design, many of these are formative instruments. Currently there are nearly three dozen assessment tools which we feel able to recommend; they are discussed or provided in a searchable digital Toolbox on the Intercultural Learning Hub, a science gateway at no cost to users.

As a Center which has its origins in Purdue's transformative learning initiative, CILMAR recommends and provides training in the use of two proprietary survey instruments which measure personal transformation and advance personal and institutional inclusivity: the Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI) and the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

The four instruments below are our go-to options, in part because each can be used both formatively and summatively. CILMAR also prefers them because they are as useful in addressing inclusivity in gender, political and domestic diversity contexts as they are in preparing for success in a globalized world economy. The four instruments are: 

The AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubric

The Intercultural Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge Short Scale (A.S.K.S2)

The Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI)

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Each was created by a team of subject matter experts and has undergone (or is undergoing) rigorous validation for reliability. Each has a history of use in published scholarly inquiry as well as in institutional research contexts. 


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