A PIE of pathways

Please note; we are in the midst of a thorough re-construction of these pages. For the moment, there may be some duplication of material from elsewhere; and probably some broken links. Bear with us. Its a lot to cover......

Systemic issues and systems change

In recent years, more 'psychologically informed' or 'trauma informed' approaches have helped us to take a wider view of the challenging behaviour of some individuals. The PIE approach has hopefully played its part in helping services approach their own work more systemically - to realise how important it is that all the elements of our work work together.

But underlying this the social exclusion theme, and the social model of disability more broadly, have made us aware that we need to understand marginalisation and exclusion as a social problem, and exclusion as systemic, even institutional.

The 'psychology' - and any other social sciences that we need to tackle such issues - is not so much about understanding individuals, but understanding systems. As homelessness service and researchers in recent years have begun to explore this territory, a more outward-looking approach extends beyond simply managing homelessness more effectively and more humanely, at an individual level.

As the more progressive of homelessness services reach out, two key themes emerge: prevention, or diversion; and better partnership between different agencies, or more systemic thinking, at local level. Individual services can attend to their own procedures, in the routes in, through, and out of their own services. But individual services are often limited by the scope and terms of their funding; or equally by the willingness of others to co-operate, to improve these channels.

We see now more clearly the need for the planning of services to manage the overall 'eco-system of services', and to create 'a PIE of pathways'.


PIEs 2, the Pizazz and the PIE Abacus 

The current model for PIEs, the 2.0 framework, therefore allows and positively encourages services to consider where they are positioned, in relation to such local eco-system issues.

But we can perhaps go further. Using the Pizazz self-assessment and service planning approach, we can now ask services explicitly, and in a consistent format, both to assess where their services is, and what is holding them back; and to make positive suggestions (at the action planning stage).

Using the PIE Abacus software as a channel for such feedback, local service planners and commissioners may soon be able to gather, collate and analyses all such responses. In this way we might hope to see practical and practice-led engagement in addressing gaps and barriers.






Further background reading/listening/viewing

PIElink pages

What psychology?:  HERE

Is the PIE evolving?:  HERE

Navigators and "system brokers' : HERE

Library items

Economic theories relevant :  HERE

Three theories of homelessness, and the psychology needed :  HERE

Embracing the mess to do what's best :  HERE

A very brief history of PIEs :  HERE

Behaving like a system:  HERE