Advancing and Evaluating IRT Model Data Fit Indices in Organizational Research Academic Article uri icon


  • Item response theory (IRT) models have a number of advantages for developing and evaluating scales in organizational research. However, these advantages can be obtained only when the IRT model used to estimate the parameters fits the data well. Therefore, examining IRT model fit is important before drawing conclusions from the data. To test model fit, a wide range of indices are available in the IRT literature and have demonstrated utility in past research. Nevertheless, the performance of many of these indices for detecting misfit has not been directly compared in simulations. The current study evaluates a number of these indices to determine their utility for detecting various types of misfit in both dominance and ideal point IRT models. Results indicate that some indices are more effective than others but that none of the indices accurately detected misfit due to multidimensionality in the data. The implications of these results for future organizational research are discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Nye, C. D., Joo, S., Zhang, B. o., & Stark, S.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • July 2020