Eight 'scenarios' - coming SOON!

A sliding scale

The simplest answer to 'What will it cost?' is to say that there is a flat fee of £80 p.a. (plus VAT) for every Abacus. This means that the costs rise on a sliding scale, according to the number of Abacuses that you wish to use -  but with a minimum of 10 for a customer account..

Still that does not go far in estimating what it could cost for any one agency, as that will entirely depend on how many Abacuses it will be useful to have; and for that, we suggest a conversation.

The iAbacus software, on which the PIE Abacus is built, is designed to be highly flexible; and for the moment, we can indicate the likely costs for any particular agency or network only via a broad summary, in 'Weighing the costs and 'value added' of the PIE Abacus' : HERE

NB: To access Library items, you need to be registered as a PIElink member; and signed in.

But the great flexibility if the Abacus also means that, beyond a few clear and simple statements, it is hard to convey the range of uses, except by means of a handful of illustrations. We are currently working to produce a suite of videos, to show - literally - how this flexibility can work, in  some typical 'scenarios'.

So for the moment, we do suggest reading the 'Weighing the costs', and then a conversation.


Eight scenarios

Here, asap, we (will) have soon eight (invented) 'scenarios', that (will) illustrate, in video form, a range of ways to use the PIE Abacus.

Here we (will) see a range of services from large to small; and also a range of networks or projects than can extend outside any one particular agency. In each case, we (will) indicate the kinds of cost that this will entail.

The scenarios here (will) describe:

  1. Larger agency (100 services, all wishing to use the PIE Abacus)
  2. Medium-sized agency (25 services, all wishing to use the PIE Abacus) 
  3. Smaller agency (or specialist division)  (5 services wishing to use the PIE Abacus)
  4. Single service  A ‘stand-alone’ small local service wishing to use the PIE Abacus)
  5. Community of practice   (Many individuals in different agencies wishing to share professional practice)
  6. Research project   (Several services in localities agencies , including service users, participating in research)
  7. Local area needs analysis  (Local area planners wanting to consult on the gaps and any potential for collaboration in local services)
  8. Regional or national overview  (Larger scale planner and policy makers wanting to hear the views of services and planners on any topic )

You (will be able to) download one single document, that shows all these scenarios outlined and explained in ten pages. Or you could just download the specific page for the one that seems closest to a description of your agency or project.

Don't forget too that there is the All FAQs page (HERE), with links to many more general questions that you may wish to ask at the beginning.

You will also find a relatively comprehensive guide, the 'PIE Abacus - essential briefing for PIE leads' (and others in comparable roles) : HERE

The simplest, most effective way to evaluate and improve your PIE from Daniel O'Brien on Vimeo.


Getting started with an Abacus agency account : HERE

All PIE Abacus FAQs HERE


Library items

PIE Abacus - essential briefing for PIE leads' (and any others in comparable roles), HERE)

Weighing the costs and 'value added' of the PIE Abacus : HERE


The PIE Abacus - applications in particular settings:

The PIE Abacus – in medium to large agencies HERE

The PIE Abacus – in local practice networks : HERE

The PIE Abacus – in smaller 'stand alone' services HERE

The PIE Abacus – as a research tool : HERE

The PIE Abacus – in communities of practice : HERE

The PIE Abacus – in service user-led assessments : HERE

The PIE Abacus – with services using PIEs1 : HER


All PIE Abacus FAQs HERE