The formation of the Community Based Interpreting Committee by FIT at its 1996 Congress in Melbourne Australia recognised interpreting in the community as a distinct branch of the interpreting profession. The first project of the Committee was to design and conduct an international survey of interpreters working in community settings. The purpose of the survey, conducted between 1997 and 1999 was to explore the nature of CBI around the world from the practitioner's perspective. The results of this research have been reported in the following publications
Chesher, T., Slatyer, H., Doubine, V., Jaric, L., & R. Lazzari (2003). Community based interpreting (CBI) - the interpreters' perspective. In eds. Brunette, L., Bastin, G., Hemlin, I. & Clarke, H. The Critical Link 3: Interpreters in the Community. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co. (http://en.scientificcommons.org/58934842).
Slatyer, H & T. Chesher (2007) Talking about accuracy. In Pöchhacker, F, Jakobsen, A & I Mees (eds) Interpreting studies and beyond. Copenhagen: Copenhagen studies in language 35.