Identification of Measures Related to Cross-Cultural Competence
DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT INST PATRICK AFB FL
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This task, the first of five tasks in a project to support Cultural Readiness for the Department of Defense, represents the first step in the development of a paper and pencil questionnaire measure of cultural competency. The purpose of this task was to identify measures that are reliable and valid for the measurement of cultural competency. Thus, our approach was to identify existing measures in published peer-reviewed literature to understand the available instruments, the dimensions and constructs they measure, the purposes and previous uses of these metrics, and their reported psychometric properties. This document provides an overview of the project as a context for this task, provides the findings of this task, and discusses the next steps in the project. This initial project supports the assessment of capabilities and requirements leading to the development of a common framework so as to set the stage for input to policy, as well as for research and training efforts by the emerging Department of Defense Cultural Center of Excellence. Thus, the overall purpose of this project is to develop a framework of cultural competence and its related measures. The project includes five tasks 1 Identify Measures Related to Culture, 2 Establish Key Operational Definitions, 3 Review of the Literature, 4 Collection of Baseline Measures, and 5 Preliminary Report of Results. Identification of existing measures is the first step in the development of a measurement tool and in the development of a framework that includes and links the constructs that are part of cultural competency. To clarify how this first step supports the development of a measurement tool and how we conceive of this task in the context of the overall project, we briefly review the process for metric development in the next section.
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