Assessment Tools

NOTE: The following list includes a range of resources submitted to the committee for research on individual assessment in the area of cultural competency. None of the items listed below is endorsed by the committee, nor have any items been adopted. They are provided ONLY for reference related to the committee’s research and consideration of a variety of assessment tools and resources for cultural competency professional development.

Individual Assessment: These resources  are designed to assist individual staff members in assessing their own culture competence.

1.      Cultural Diversity Self-Assessment – A broad cultural diversity self assessment.

2.      Cultural Competence Self-Test – Measures cultural competency in: physical environment, materials and resources, communication styles, and values and attitudes.

3.    Cultural Competency Survey for Managers and Supervisors -A individual cultural competency survey for managers and supervisors.

4.      National Center for Cultural Competence– This assessment is called the Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports to Children with Disabilities & Special Health Needs and their Families. There are 36 questions and the person completing the assessment has three options to answer on how often a particular question or situation applies to them.

5.      Project Implicit– This is an assessment used to discover whether or not you have a hidden bias between particular races. There are two short questionnaires, followed by sorting words and pictures into categories. The projected time of completion is under 10 minutes.

6.      Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Questionnaire, Service Provider Version– This link leads the user to a lengthy 79-question quiz on general cultural competency. Questions are geared towards attendance of cultural events, knowledge of the presence in diversity in their community, and other diversity and culture-related topics.

7.  Cultural Sensitivity Test– This link from the University of Arkansas judges cultural sensitivity by using questions for both personality types and diversity.

8.  American Culture Awareness Quiz– This link is about American Culture, we may think we know ourselves but maybe not as well as we’d like to think.

9.  EdChange Equity and Diversity Quiz– This is a diversity quiz from EdChange that highlights some great questions about equity and diversity.

10.  College & University Cultural Competency Quiz– This quiz is about college and university cultural competencies which is good for those who don’t know the culture of a college.

11.  Ethno Connect: This one is about college and university cultural competencies which is good for those who don’t know the culture of a college.

12.  Cultural Competence Checklist– Is a tool that was developed to heighten awareness of how you view clients/patients from culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

13.  University Competencies-Loma Linda University competencies  from their library

14.  5 Elements that contribute to cultural competence-This assessment identifies five elements that contribute to a systems ability to become more culturally competent.

15.  Making Children’s Mental Health Services Successful: Organizational Cultural Competence: A Review of Assessment Protocol– This assessment focuses on an organization’s cultural competences in relation to making children’s mental health services successful.

16.  Diversity Assessment – This assessment allows the reader or reader(s) to brainstorm different scenarios and personal perceptions of diversity.

17. 4J’s Coaching for Educational Equity program: What is CFEE cost overviewCRE_ContinuumCRT FrameworkCultural fluency School WideCulture_Audit.

18. Cross Model Cultural Competency Jason Mak

19. Equity Scorecard Article


Assessments (Responses from Emails Asking Colleagues What They Utilize):

  1. Equity Scorecard (Carla Gary, Chris Culligan/NCORE, etc.):  There are a few that I think are worthwhile, and they cost money, of course. One that I think particularly helpful, though as with them all, I would tweak it to be more resonant with specific concerns or interests in individual units, is the Equity Scorecard.
  2. I have heard Dr. Bensimon, USC, with the Center for Urban Research, talk about the Equity Scorecard that she and colleagues developed. She has presented at NCORE on a few occasions of which I am aware. It was impressive, and again, works best when made resonant with specific concerns, etc. I am not sure the cost, but have left a message to speak with her about the assessment and it’s use, particularly the cost. There are several partners who underwrite the research, from Loyola to the California Community Colleges. I am hoping that this means it is “free” in the narrowest sense, of course, as there is usually some fee associated with this kind of service.  You can go on line and google Equity Scorecard so that you can see if this  is something in which you have an interest, and when I hear back from her office, we can share information.  –Carla  / I recommend the Banks Model of Multicultural Education. Happy to talk more about it anytime. The idea is that embracing diversity is a multi-step process that starts by coming to terms with our own culture and then gradually developing the conceptual awareness that we need to perceive other cultures.  Best, A. Louise
  3. Cross Model of Cultural Competency by Terry Cross

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