Whose views?

Any person who enters data on views and plans 'hands on' into an Abacus,  is what we call a 'contributor' *.    To become a 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 contributor:

  1. those who do so on in their own right, with just their own views; and
  2. 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.

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

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

  • NB: In the original iAbacus software, and in the guide videos they have produced, a 'contributor' is called a 'user' - an Abacus 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 adopt the term contributor in most of the literature, and in conversations. 
  • For this reason you may find them referred to as a Level One or Level Two assessments note that we are careful here not to give any impression that any one 'level' is more proper than the other; both are equally valid.



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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