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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Two New Sample Math Lessons Available

Two new sample lessons, activities, worksheets, and supplemental materials focused on Basic Math Facts and Place Value Computation have been added t the collection of math lessons and activities.   

View the sample lessons and activities.

Call for Screening Tools Now Open

The Center on Response to Intervention (RTI) at American Institutes for Research has opened a call for academic screening tools. Now through November 12, 2015, the Center’s Technical Review Committee is accepting submissions of screening tools that can be used in an RTI context. All interested vendors are invited to submit. Click here to learn more

Ask the Expert

Why is it important to consider piloting an innovation rather than trying to implement large scale from the start?
Ellen Reinhardt

Watch and listen as  Ellen Reinhardt, MTSS Technical Assistance Provider in Rhode Island and NCII Coach shares considerations for implementing a new innovation and why it might be beneficial to pilot the innovation before scaling it up across the entire school or district. 

Missed the Webinar on Integrating Academic and Behavioral Supports?

Were you unable to attend the NCII webinar, Bringing it Together: Why it is Important to Integrate Academics and Behavior When Thinking About Intensive Intervention? Don't worry! A recording of the webinar is available. In this webinar, presenters discussed the integrated relationship between academics and behavior, review a case study example using DBI to provide individualized integrated academic and behavioral support based on student need, and share behavioral strategies intended to support teachers working with students with primary academic deficits and challenging behaviors. View the archived version of the webinar