Catalyst was created by ABA providers for ABA providers

In 2010, Drs. Coby and Janet Lund began working with Chris Kooken, a software engineer, to create an electronic data collection and management system that would allow practitioners to gather a variety of data on a mobile device; then access those data online for analysis and reporting.

“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,” says Dr. Coby Lund.

Admits Dr. Janet Lund, “Honestly, we were just trying to find an existing product. Devices and apps were prevalent, even by 2010, 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 developer Chris Kooken at a fundraiser for an ABA school in Atlanta, and together began working on Catalyst. The system was designed to collect a wide variety of both skill acquisition and behavior reduction data. Over time, the development team fashioned the user experience of the system to replicate the manner in which practitioners interacted with traditional data collection systems.

“In fact,” says Chris Kooken, “For each new capability, we start by analyzing the way behavior analysts are collecting and using data now. We want the process to be familiar, but without the pain of paper data. Much of summarizing, graphing, reporting, etc. can be directly integrated with electronic collection and automated. Catalyst was designed—and is constantly refined—to make that process easier, faster, and better, while remaining intuitive for users.”

Since those early days, the team has grown dramatically, as features are refined, expanded, and created. Now, there are more than 300 organizations taking advantage of Catalyst—saving time and money on data collection and management; increasing practitioners’ abilities to collect, access, use, and analyze data; while also increasing the security of the clients’ confidential information.

Now, with an Atlanta team of nearly three dozen, including senior software engineers and BCBA-Ds, Catalyst is the clear industry flagship for electronic data collection and management, and DataFinch is positioned to continue its relentless drive to keep Catalyst at the cutting edge of technology and Applied Behavior Analysis.