DIVE stands for Describe, Interpret, Verify and Evaluate
Step 1: DESCRIBE – WHAT YOU SEE
Look at a picture, person or situation and describe what you see, sticking to objective and observable facts. Do not think about the meaning behind what you see or how it makes you feel, but rather focus on what you can observe and describe.
Step 2: INTERPRET – WHAT YOU THINK (ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE)
Think of the various interpretations as to what is going on; draw on a wide range of assumptions that come into your mind to describe the picture, person or situation.
Step 3: VERIFY
Now double-check whether your interpretations are correct – talk to cultural and knowledgeable informants and draw on reliable and multiple sources that give you trustworthy insights into the context to understand it and look beyond the seemingly obvious.
Step 4: EVALUATE – WHAT YOU FEEL (ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE)
The final step should help you to evaluate your own interpretation and engage in a reflective loop. Decide what value the previous interpretation has to you and how you feel about your judgement now that you have more information? How accurate was your first impulse? What do you learn from that?
This video shows how implicit bias can be addressed by applying the DIVE strategy: