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.

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

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View Copies of NCII's Strand A Presentations at CEC 2015

NCII staff, senior advisors, trainers, and coaches presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo 2015 in San Diego, California. Missed the strand presentations or looking for copies of the slides? View the presentations that were part of Strand A: How Can We Make Intensive Intervention Happen? Considerations for Knowledge Development, Implementation, and Policy

Ask the Expert

What is the problem solving process and what might we need to consider to when implementing the process within a DBI model?
Wes Sims

Watch and listen as Wesley A. Sims M.Ed., CAGS, NCSP, a doctoral candidate in School Psychology at University of Missouri – Columbia and an NCII coach, shares how considerations for implementing a problem solving process within a DBI model. 

Measuring Fidelity of Implementation

In the webinar, Results Driven Accountability and Intensive Intervention: Using MTSS to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, Dr. Chris Lemons, Dr. Chris Riley-Tillman, and Dr. Laura Kuchle discussed the DBI Implementation Rubric and Interview. The rubric is aligned with the essential components of DBI and the infrastructure that is necessary for successful implementation in Grades K–6. It describes levels of implementation on a 1–5 scale across DBI components. The rubric is accompanied by the DBI Implementation Interview which includes guiding questions that may be used for a self-assessment or structured interview of a school’s DBI leadership team. View the webinar and rubric