Data Collection, Behavior, and Decisions

Data Collection, Behavior, and Decisions 

The basis for all decision making in applied behavior analysis (ABA) intervention is data. Data are collected to help determine which behaviors to address, monitor intervention effects, and make program decisions. This course will provide an overview of data collection methods commonly used in ABA and how the information gained from the data is used to improve intervention efforts. 


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with E-01, E-02, E-03, E-04, E-05, E-06 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-GPE-V2
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Collect data for use in behavior intervention planning and implementation.
Collect data during discrete trials and natural environment teaching.
Enter data into graphs.
Describe how to use data to make intervention decisions.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Rationale for Data Collection

Why Collect Data?

What is Data?

What is a Behavior?

Types of Data Collected in ABA Intervention



Section 3: Collecting Behavior Data

Why Collect Behavior Data?

Dimensions of Behavior

Categories of Behavior Recording Techniques

Continuous Data Recording

Knowledge Check

Discontinuous Data Recording

Permanent Product Recording



Section 4: Collecting Intensive Intervention Data

Skills Progress Data

Data Collection in Discrete Trial Instruction

Data Collection Methods for Naturalistic Techniques

Effective Program Data



Section 5: Graphing and Decision Making

Visual Inspection

Line Graphs

Bar Graphs

Cumulative Graphs

Which Graph Should Be Used?

Decision Making



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Exam and BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Registered Behavior Technician; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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