Item Response Theory: Methods for the Analysis of Discrete Survey Response Data


  • William Skorupski, University of Kansas

Item Response Theory (IRT) is used in a number of disciplines including sociology, political science, psychology, human development, business, and communications, as well as in education where it began as a method for the analysis of educational tests. More broadly, IRT is useful in the development and analysis of survey measures where item responses are in the form of discrete categories.

This workshop is designed to acquaint participants with the fundamentals of IRT necessary to conduct analyses and evaluate results. Using numerous examples from different disciplines, item response models will be described in an interdisciplinary fashion. Additional topics covered will include IRT equating, test and survey development, differential item functioning, and computerized adaptive testing. The final afternoon of the workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to interact with the instructor while applying IRT methods to their data.

Fee: Members = $1700; Non-members = $3200

Tags: Item Response Theory, IRT

Course Sections

Section 1

Location: ICPSR -- Ann Arbor, MI

Date(s): June 25 - June 29

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


  • William Skorupski, University of Kansas