How come its free?

The pen-and paper version of the Pizazz is entirely free, and will remain free, because we do not want any limitations of cost to prevent small and cash-strapped services from using it.

It is published under a Creative Commons licence; (HERE)  which means that anyone can now use it, provided that:

  • the source is correctly attributed to the PIElink;
  • you do not charge for its use:
  • you do not adapt it - though you are entirely free to add to it any additional sheets that suit your particular needs; and let us know if you find it needs modifying.

There will be an on-line version, the PIE Abacus, currently still in the testing stage, which is probably more suited to the needs of larger organisations and/or commissioners needing an overview of all services in their area; and for this, there will be a licence fee (as with most software).

You can read about and follow the development of the PIE Abacus  HERE

Further reading and 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