I-o Psychology services

Adverse Impact Study

An Adverse Impact Study by HighMatch’s I-O Psychology team provides an analysis on whether an assessment is fair towards client-defined subgroups.

What is an Adverse Impact Study?

A HighMatch Adverse Impact Study looks to understand whether a pre-employment assessment is potentially adversely impacting specific protected subgroups.

Scores are analyzed across these target subgroups using a mix of statistical modeling. Any statistically significant differences in scores can be easily identified and re-validated as necessary.

Clients get a data-driven report comparing scores by target subgroups, along with suggested changes to their assessment to avoid future adverse impact.

HighMatch Adverse Impact Studies Are:

backed by science

Our team of experienced workplace psychologists use proven research techniques and decades of experience to identify those qualities that contribute most to success.

Highly actionable

Insights can be used in multiple ways, from selecting candidates most likely to be successful to identifying existing employees that are better suited for other roles.


Hiring candidates whose innate traits mirror those of your high performers can lead to better performance, faster speed to productivity and a reduction in turnover.

optimizing your workplace

An Adverse Impact Study helps to ensure that your candidate pool is diverse and inclusive towards historically marginalized subgroups.

A more diverse candidate pool can lead to additional diversity in your workforce, and studies have shown a correlation between increases in workplace diversity and increases in performance, retention and morale.

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Wayne Homes uses HighMatch to Identify Qualified Applicants

Hear from Michael Luckie-Ewing, former VP of People and Culture at Wayne Homes, a custom home builder serving 5 states for over 40 years.

Michael and his team used HighMatch to better filter applicants for the qualities and skills that contribute to success across every role in their organization.

How It Works

An Adverse Impact Study can be performed in advance of implementation by assessing your existing employees, or can be performed post implementation after sufficient candidates have taken the assessment.

HighMatch Workplace psychologists collect assessment scores from a subset of employees or candidates and cross-tabs that data with the identified subgroups.

Results are synthesized to ensure that your personalized assessment is consistently ‘fair’ across target subgroups.

HighMatch’s I-o services Team

Our I-O Services team includes a deep bench of experienced industrial and organizational psychologists and consultants with decades of experience partnering with leading brands across multiple industries. This team is led by our Head of I-O Psychology:

Dr. Craig Ellis

Head of I-O Psychology, HighMatch
Ph.D in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Auburn

Craig’s background is in pre-employment testing and psychometrics. He has 10+ years of experience as an assessment scientist and organizational consultant.

He’s developed assessments aimed at evaluating person-organization fit, and he’s created and validated selection systems for a variety of organizations. He’s consulted with companies to develop competency-driven succession plans and supported their efforts through executive assessment and leadership coaching.

Craig believes deeply in bringing science and data into the organizational decision-making process – specifically around selection and talent management practices.

Craig holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Troy University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Auburn University.

Curious about an Adverse Impact Study? Connect with our Services Team today.

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