Interactive DBI Process

Intensive intervention helps students with severe and persistent learning or behavioral needs. The Center's approach to intensive intervention is data-based individualization (DBI).

What is DBI?
DBI is a research-based process for individualizing and intensifying interventions through the systematic use of assessment data, validated interventions, and research-based adaptation strategies.

Click on the components in the graphic to learn more about the steps in the DBI process and find relevant resources.

Read more about DBI and view this video to learn why intensive intervention is critical.


View the NCII web tour to learn about navigating the site.

Flowchart depicting the steps in DBI. 1. Validated Intervention Program 2. Progress Monitor. If responsive, go back to Progress Monitor. If unresponsive move to step 3. Diagnostic Assessment/Functional Behavior Assessment. 4. Intervention Adaptation. 5. Progress Monitor. If responsive, go back to Progress Monitor. If unresponsive go back to step 3.

Link to resources regarding Validated Intervention ProgramLink to resources regarding Intervention AdaptationLink to resources regarding Diagnostic Assessment/Functional Behavior AssessmentLink to resources regarding Progress MonitorLink to resources regarding Progress Monitor


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Two New Sample Reading Lessons Available

NCII has released the first in a series of reading sample lessons and activities. The two lessons aim to support students struggling with phonological awareness, specifically blending and first sound isolation. Click here to view the reading lessons.

View CEC Strand Presentations

NCII staff, trainers, coaches, and senior advisors presented a number of sessions including a Strand at CEC 2016. 

Click here to access the Strand presentations

Ask the Expert

What conditions need to be in place for effective intensive intervention implementation?
Ellen Reinhardt

Watch and listen as Ellen Reinhardt, MTSS Technical Assistance Provider in Rhode Island and NCII Coach, discusses conditions that are necessary for effective and sustainable implementation of intensive intervention.

Updated Tools Charts

NCII recently released a series of updates to the tools charts. These updates aim to improve functionality and usability and provide additional content to inform decison making. 
  • More prominent distinctions between the available tabs. 
  • Easy filtering to narrow results. 
  • The ability to compare tools. 
  • Disaggregated data available by grade level. 
  • Sticky headers.   
  • Access to a print friendly version. 

View the updated Academic Progress Monitoring, Academic Intervention, Behavioral Progress Monitoring, and Behavioral Intervention charts.