Can a service be 'a little bit PIE'd'?

The PIE approach, and the PIE framework that we have developed to attempt to capture the essentials, is a holistic model for services. That is, it suggests we see services as a whole, and consciously attempt to get the benefits of having all the elements working together, as a whole.

But does that mean that everybody has to do everything in this framework, in order to 'qualify' as a PIE - to be seen as part of the PIEs family?     Surely not?

There have been some really good services, and there have been some really good approaches, that took only some part of the whole PIE  framework, or used different language, and applied it to some new area of practice, with great success.

Likewise you don't have to feel obliged to do everything thoroughly, in depth.  It's a journey. Take breaks. Go as far as you find useful (HERE).

We'd like to think that behind any specific action, though, lies the rest of the thinking; or at least, the attitude, informing the specific bit.


How relevant is it all?

Meanwhile, we can ask how relevant some parts of the framework are to all services. Although the five broad themes - the 'Big Five' - may well have some application just about everywhere, there are clearly some more specific practice elements that won't apply to all services - or at least, will mean something fairly different, in context.

  • Using psychological models: Some services - especially treatment services - may well want to work to a specific model. But the majority will not, needing the flexibility to respond to any individual or situation. We can, however, cheat a little, and call this an 'eclectic' model.
  • Encouraging evidence-generating practice : relatively few services are in a position to contribute to the kinds of studies that make for publishable findings to contribute to the  evidence base for PIEs, or for any other aspects of this work. It is not an expectation, just an option, for a few.
  • Working with the built environment: some services, such as street outreach, do not have a building of their own, to adapt or 'pay attention to'. The skills in working in someone else's environment will be different, although they may be comparable, and there is some overlap. .








Further background reading/listening /viewing

PIElink pages

Introducing the PIEs approach : HERE

What psychology? : HERE

Outreach, in-reach and pathways : HERE 

Can short-term services still be PIES? : HERE

The coffee break Pizazz : HERE


My cat is a built environment? : HERE

Reasons to be careful, Part Three : HERE


Library items

Car, bus, tram or unicorn: how my car is a built environment : HERE

A new and customisable framework for PIEs : HERE

Does it take a psychologist to make a PIE? : HERE

Creating safe and inclusive spaces : HERE