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“At the time, our clinical practice was growing, and our paper data collection and management was becoming too cumbersome. It was expensive, difficult to access and manage, unwieldy to create and manipulate graphs, and we worried about security,” say Dr. Lund. “Honestly, we were just trying to find an existing product. Tablets and apps were prevalent, but we couldn’t find a system to replace all of our paper. It became clear that we needed to do something ourselves.”
The Lunds met software developer Chris Kooken at an ABA school fundraiser, and together began working on Catalyst. The system was designed to collect a wide variety of both skill acquisition and behavior reduction data in a way that replicates the manner in which practitioners collect traditional, paper data collection.
“In fact,” says Chris Kooken, “For each new capability, we start by analyzing the way behavior analysts are collecting and using data in the field. Catalyst was designed—and is constantly refined—to make that process easier, faster, and better, while remaining intuitive for users.”