Using PIEs 1 with Pizazz

For the moment, the Pizazz works with the PIEs 2.0 formulation of a PIE. This is, at least in part, because PIEs 2.0 was designed explicitly with the intention for a more evidence-based assessment approach in mind.

In theory it should be possible to produce a version of the Pizazz that works with the older, ‘classic’ account of a PIE. But in practice, that older version does not work so well as a framework for evidence; and it is also more restricted in its range.  Nevertheless, all past training or development work undertaken using the older model will find a place in the 2.0 framework.

The same issues and concepts are all included within PIEs 2; but you should find that some of the things that had seemed awkward or confusing in PIEs 1 are more clearly laid out in the new model.

Of the main 'fields' in the classic model, the only area that does NOT appear un-changed in the PIEs 2 formulation is the centrality of relationships. But since that is central to everything, you are free to include it everywhere, or anywhere.

However, we do recommend that you focus on this, in practical terms, in 'the Three Rs'.


Coming next: the PIE Abacus
The pen-and-paper version of the Pizazz is best suited to small and local services or organisations, and/or to those still fairly new to the PIE approach, or those not familiar yet with PIEs 2.0.

Still in the last stages of development, we will soon be in a position to release the on-line version, the PIE Abacus. This is designed to meet the needs of larger services and systems, needing an overview of multiple services; and it has some powerful analytical features.

One of the advantages of the PIE Abacus is its relative flexibility. It will even be possible to create adapted versions of the PIE Abacus to work, initially, with PIEs 1.  PIEs 2 will still be there, in the background, to be brought into play when ready.

Further reading or viewing

NB: All Pizazz documentation is found in the PIElink members' Library. To access this and any other content in the Library, it is necessary to register as a member.

The basic Pizazz assessment summary sheets are  HERE

The Pizazz Handbook, 'Useful questions',  is HERE

Pizazz assessment levels guidance is HERE

Advice for Pizazz assessment facilitators is HERE

Creative Commons licence terms are HERE


The Pizazz also come in two formats - the 'pen and paper' format, and the electronic/on-line format, known as the PIE Abacus.

The 'pen and paper' format is suitable for simpler and smaller services, where getting round a table to meet and discuss face-to-face is an option.

The electronic/on-line format ( the "PIE Abacus') is geared for more complex and/or larger services, organisations and networks, where face-to-face meeting is impractical.

For the PIE Abacus, see: The PIE Abacus - an online Pizazz 


NB: The PIE Abacus now comes in two forms - the short and the long form (a language borrowed from Tai Chi).

The short form is particularly recommended for services that are up-to-speed with the PIEs approach, but have very limited time; or are still only at the outset of their journey of development as PIEs.

The long form allows services to drill down in finer detail into their assessment and process. It is more useful for those services that have come some way already, and wish to go further.

See: Which form of the Pizazz is right for our service?

For a note on current and future costs of using the Pizazz, see: Pizazz costs

How come its free? (PIElink page) HERE 

PIEs 2.0 - the development process (PIElink page) HERE