Welcome: Applied Psychometrics:Advancing Quantitative Methods in Psychological Assessment  

This web resource presents materials developed under the ESRC Researcher Development Initiative grant “Advancing Quantitative Methods in Psychological Assessment” . The research outputs from the grant were series of training workshops and summer schools in Applied Psychometrics, developed and held at the University of Cambridge between June 2010 and April 2012.


The aim was to increase the number of UK researchers who are able to understand and apply these methods, both in their own research and in critically appraising and peer reviewing others’ psychometric research.


 Dr Tim Croudace, Cambridge University

 Professor John Rust, Cambridge University

Dr. Anna Brown, University of Kent

Original Project

This project extended the work of earlier RDI Round 3 award. Activities focused on the design, delivery, web-deployment, and maintenance of statistical techniques from intermediate level psychometric methods that could address issues of fairness and bias, technically referred to as measurement equivalence and differential item functioning (DIF), in psychometric test design and interpretation and assessment research more generally.

Quick Summary

The aim of this award was to develop short training events (2-day and 3-day training workshops) and longer, 5-day summer schools. Another objective of this award was to sustain these learning resources as e-learning materials in a perpetual e-resource on psychometric methods. -  he lectures and hands-on practical sessions aimed to exemplify existing and recently developed methods for analysing and modelling psychological assessment data, using multiple software packages, both commercial such as Mplus, and free software such as R.  Considering the growing impact of psychometrics on research and the wider society, the training was focused on topical issues surrounding the use of psychometrics in a diverse society, particularly where decisions can have an adverse impact on specific groups defined by social, gender, ethnic, cultural, religious, or disability factors.


Research Management and Application of Research (general) :: Observation :: Exploratory Research :: Behavioural Research :: Interviewing ::

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This web resource has been restored on:2013-08-15

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This web resource has been updated on:2013-09-09