Whose views?

Any person who enters data on views and plans 'hands on' into an Abacus, is what we call a 'user', or, to avoid confusions with service users, a 'contributor' *.

To become a user or contributor, this individual will have to have been given a licence code, which allows them to log in to the software; and then will have been invited to contribute to one or more specific Abacuses.

For the PIE Abacus programme, we then distinguish between two kinds of user/contributor:

  1. those who will do so on behalf of the whole team in which they work, in which case they will be entering the data on the collective view of the team.In this case, can may refer to them as the 'scribe' for the team; and
  2. those who do so on in their own right, with just their own views.

For advice on how best to arrive at a collective view, see the excerpt from the Pizazz-on-paper facilitators' guide to assessment, HERE

There is also further advice for assessment facilitators in teams in the PIEs assessment training. Coming soon HERE

For suggestions as to when it might be valuable to have individuals as 'users' or 'contributors', see FAQ: Why have individuals as 'contributors' at all?:  HERE


  • NB: In the original 'iAbacus' software, and in the guide videos they have produced, a 'contributor' is called a 'user' - an iAbacus user.  Although there is something attractively egalitarian about the idea that we are ALL users of some service or another, in complex needs service, the term 'user' is consistently used to mean 'service user'; and one of the attractive features of this software is that it can allows service users to contribute to assessments on. So in the end, to avoid possible confusions, we decided to suggest the alternative term 'contributor' in much of the literature, and in conversations.  Time will tell which term works best.



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All FAQs

What exactly is an Abacus?  HERE

What is the basic ambition behind the PIE Abacus? HERE

Why is it called the PIE Abacus? HERE

How do we get a licence?  HERE

What are typical costs for a licence?  HERE

What other terms of use are there?  HERE

How are PIE Abacus costs calculated? HERE

How will the income be re-invested? HERE

What is meant by a 'Lead agency"?  HERE

What is meant by a 'contributor'?  HERE

Why have individuals as 'contributors' at all?   HERE

What do all these other terms mean?   HERE

Can we use the PIE Abacus with PIEs 1? HERE