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.


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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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New Sample Reading Lessons Available

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

Updated Tools Charts

NCII tools charts have a new look. View the updated Academic Progress MonitoringAcademic InterventionBehavioral Progress Monitoring, and Behavioral Intervention charts.

Ask the Expert

How has your district emphasized a systems approach as you work to integrate DBI into schools?

Watch and listen as Derrick Bushon, Director of Student Services for Swartz Creek Community Schools, discusses how his district took a systems approach to integrating DBI into schools.

Register for NCII Webinar on Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about data-based individualization and implementing intensive intervention for students with severe and persistent academic and behavioral needs? Join the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) for a webinar, What Does it Really Take? Frequently Asked Questions about Implementing Intensive Intervention on June 21, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:30pm EDT. During the webinar, expert panelists Drs. Chris Lemons, T. Chris Riley-Tillman, and Teri Marx will address frequently asked questions surrounding implementation of intensive intervention. Do you have a question? Submit your questions during registration and the panelists will address as many as possible during the webinar.  

Register and submit your questions. Not able to join on the 21st? An archived version of the webinar will be posted on the NCII website following the live event.