A facilitating role

Any agency can obtain a PIE Abacus licence, either exclusively for its own work and services, or on behalf of others - whether in a local practice network, a consortium, or a wider project such as a research project or a community of practice - in which case it will be called, for these purposes, the Lead Agency.  There are currently three main ways that we envisage a Lead Agency role with a PIE Abacus.

Firstly, the local authority, or any other locality-based service co-ordinating and planning group, may create an Abacus network for services in their locality, for example as part of a survey or consultation on gaps and barriers as experienced by staff and users of services; and also on any practical proposals for better bridging of those gaps. The local planning group then creates the Abacus network, and invites all services and other groups in the area to be contributors.

Secondly, a network of services with a common purpose and perhaps common history, but with autonomous local organisation, may decide to work together to create one or more shared Abacuses, for their work. Any one of them may then offer to be Lead Agency on behalf of them all.

Thirdly, a research institute wishing to conduct a study on practice related to complex needs services can invite a range of contributions from agencies or individuals. By using on-line software, removing the limitation of geographical proximity for in-depth exploration, a far wider range of participants becomes possible.

In each case, once the initial licence and Abacus structure has been set up, where the participating agencies themselves are already using the PIE Abacus under a licence of their own, there is no additional cost. Any agency or group that does not have a licence of its own can be given licence codes under the terms of the Lead Agency's licence*.

These three possibilities are to be illustrated and outlined as some of the possible 'scenarios', which we are currently still drafting.

  • NB: Although technically the lead agency is the licence holder and thus the 'owner' of the Abacuses, by the default settings for this software, none are able to edit anything other than their own input data. Being Lead Agency does not confer any additional rights, powers or access to the data, if the permissions to view are set up so that all participating agencies are able to view and share their own data. This can be, in effect, the peer review option for smaller and more isolated services.

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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