Dispute resolution systems must be culturally and linguistically competent to meet the interests and needs of diverse populations residing in the United States, territories, and tribal nations.
This self-assessment tool can be useful in determining the level of cultural and linguistic competence in a dispute resolution system.
Culturally and linguistically competent systems are aware of barriers, biases, and disparities that exist within their system, and which lead to inequitable outcomes for users. Culturally and linguistically competent systems prioritize reducing barriers, biases, and disparities by engaging with multiple stakeholders within diverse communities, challenging norms and assumptions, and embracing varied ideas.
Why is Self-assessment Important?
Taking a critical look at a dispute resolution system using CADRE's cultural and linguistic competence assessment tool can help states examine their capacity to effectively serve the interests of all those engaged in dispute resolution. A self-assessment can provide a baseline to identifying a state dispute resolution system’s strengths and opportunities for growth in relation to cultural and linguistic competence.
CADRE promotes a strengths-based approach to the self-assessment and system improvement process, encouraging teams to leverage their existing assets to advance cultural and linguistic competence. By engaging in a self-assessment process, teams can develop a roadmap and timeline for activities to improve their system’s cultural and linguistic competency.
About the Assessment Tool
- This assessment tool is designed to be completed with a team to encourage diverse perspectives and robust discussion.
- The self-assessment process allows for important foundational steps to be taken before attempting larger systemic improvements.
- This assessment tool provides a clear understanding of the system’s current functioning so that a team can decide where to focus improvement efforts.
- The User Guide will help teams determine what goals to prioritize and what activities are needed to accomplish those goals.