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.

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View this video to learn why intensive intervention and DBI are critical

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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Spotlight on Sample Behavior Strategies & Resources

Find information about behavioral strategies, considerations for implementation and sample resources. 

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Tools for Supporting Student Meetings

Data meetings are a key component of the DBI process and guide the development and adaptation of individualized student plans. NCII has developed tools to help facilitate data team meetings. View the guides and templates

Ask the Expert

How can schools support staff within DBI implementation?
Ellen Reinhardt

Watch and listen as Ellen Reinhardt, MTSS Technical Assistance Provider in Rhode Island and NCII Coach, shares how schools can help to support staff during DBI implementation. 

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