Master-class October 2017: Rasch Analysis

This course is an introduction to Rasch Analysis Using the specially designed sopftware RUMM2030. Rasch analysis is one of the modern psychometric techniques that form part of Item Response Theory. Rasch analysis is increasingly being used in the development and refinement of scales used in health, psychology, education and business.


This 2 day course is being held in ACSPRI's Melbourne office.



Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Friday, October 13, 2017
Early bird cutoff date: 
Friday, October 6, 2017
Course details:

Rasch analysis is one of the modern psychometric techniques that form part of Item Response Theory. Rasch analysis is increasingly being used in the development and refinement of scales used in health, psychology, education and business.


Using specially designed software (RUMM2030) this technique provides detailed feedback on all aspects of the scale including the response format, the suitability of the items, item bias, unidimensionality and the spread of items across the trait being measured. Rasch analysis also allows a linear transformation of ordinal scales to interval level measures, permitting the use of parametric statistical techniques and the calculation of change scores.

Master Class - runs over 2 days

Julie Pallant is an Assoc Prof (adjunct) with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University and was previously employed as Research Support Coordinator at the Rural Health Academic Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne She is the author of the SPSS Survival Manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS.

Julie has extensive experience using, and teaching, Rasch analysis using the RUMM2030 package. She has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, with 40 of these using Rasch Analysis. She provides research and statistical consulting and training to a wide variety of individuals and organizations, both nationally and internationally.

Course dates: Thursday 12 October 2017 - Friday 13 October 2017
Week 1
About this course: 

This two-day course takes a practical applied approach (rather than mathematical) and participants are provided with detailed, hands-on experience in Rasch Analaysis using RUMM2030.

Course syllabus: 



  • Brief overview of Item Response Theory and Rasch Analysis
  • Introduction to the RUMM2030 program
  • Preparing the data file for Rasch analysis using SPSS
  • Setting up the Rasch project in RUMM2030
  • Evaluating overall model fit
  • Checking the response format (thresholds) and rescoring items
  • Detecting misfitting items and persons
  • Identifying item bias (Differential Item Functioning)
  • Assessing the dimensionality and targeting of a scale
  • Modifying the scale to improve fit to the Rasch model
  • Exporting Rasch scores to SPSS for other analyses
  • Writing up the results of Rasch Analysis in a thesis or journal article
Course format: 

RUMM2030 is used for the Rasch analysis training and participants will be provided with a limited licence version of the software, and a detailed training manual. SPSS is used for initial data preparation. The majority of the training is conducted using data sets provided, however there will be some time on the second day for participants to work on their own data if available.

Course Fees:
All courses at a given program have the same fee structure, but fees vary depending on whether your organisation is an ACSPRI Member and whether there are Early Bird Discounts available at the time. The prices for this program are available on the program page.
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The ACSPRI Head Office is located at 763 Heidelberg Road, Alphington, just before the corner of Yarralea St.



The ACSPRI Office is only 20 minutes from the Melbourne's CBD via train. Accommodation located close to any of the City Loop train stations (Parliament, Melbourne Central, Spencer St, Flinders St and {on weekdays} Flagstaff) or other stations along the Hurstbridge Line will enable a very easy commute (see Transport below). We expect most visitors would appreciate staying quite centrally and there are numerous accommodation options. It is worth checking a travel website (expedia, tripadvisor, etc) to fine the best option for your budget and requirements, but we recommend staying close to a train station as per above.


Ivanhoe Quest Apartments are located 20 minutes walk east of the ACSPRI Office, along Upper Heidelberg Road.  You can also catch the train to Alphington Station from either Ivanhoe Station (2 stops - city direction) or Darebin Station (1 stop - city direction). You can also walk to Heidelberg Road (4 mins) take the 546 Bus to Yarralea Street, which is opposite our office.



Car Parking / Transport: 

Alphington Station is roughly 20 minutes from Melbourne Central (and other City loop stations) on the Hurstbridge Line and only a few minutes' walk from the ACSPRI office. There are also a number of bus lines that service the area. Bus services are very limited on weekends and the train is recommended. Click here for the journey planner.


By car, the quickest route for many local Melbournians will be via the Eastern Freeway and/or Chandler Hwy. From the CBD the Eastern Freeway from the Inner North will also probably be the quickest route. At that time on a weekend 20 minutes would allow plenty of time. Parking is usually available in Yarralea St or nearby but not on Heidelberg Road. 


Secure space is available to store bicycles at the office. The office is very close to Alphington Park, which backs onto the Yarra River and subsequently a vast network of Melbourne's bike paths.



Venue and Timetable: 

The course will run from 9am until 5pm both days.

Breaks are held at 10.30 - 11.00, 12.30 - 1.30 and 3.00 - 3.30. Lunch and a small morning and afternoon tea are provided both days. Depending on class consensus, breaks may be shortened to result in an early finish.