Bynum has achieved these extraordinary contributions because of the diversity of projects she has worked on at HumRRO and her ability to integrate best practices from education psychometric work and more traditional I-O psychology.
“I was able to get to this point of my career because of many mentors and because HumRRO gives me the opportunity to move between both spaces and to take on leadership roles within projects for diverse clients,” she explained. “I’ve had the opportunity to work on several high-stakes, high profile assessments in education, the private sector, and for the Army so my work has reached a large cross-section of diverse groups.”
Moving seamlessly from public to private sector clients and from education psychometric projects to traditional I-O work allows Bynum to learn and share best practices from each.
For example, Bynum brings her I-O experience in assessing impact and providing practical implications to her education quality assurance projects. Conversely, she integrates quality assurance best practices internally to her I-O projects. Bynum recently applied her experience in education using item response theory (IRT) analysis to the scoring of situational judgment tests in a traditional I-O project.
“Her clients know that she comes from an I-O rather than educational testing background, and they see how her orientation to measurement and her associated conceptual and quantitative skills bring value to their programs that is missing from traditionally trained psychometricians,” said Deirdre J. Knapp, Ph.D., principal scientist at HumRRO.
Bynum credits the “HumRRO model” of integrating staff in these two program areas as a competitive advantage benefiting all clients. “HumRRO is unique in that we are an assessment organization working in these two areas—education and I-O psychology—where staff can overlap because the underlying assessment principals are the same,” she explained. “If you need psychometric expertise in developing a hiring assessment, we can provide that integration.”