Its is currently anticipated that the PIE Abacus will go on general release around Easter of 2021

The advice here may yet change between now and then.

Getting started with an Abacus account

1: Browse

The first course of action for anyone interested in the PIE Abacus is to take a step back, and browse a little through the pages here. If much of this is new to you, a grounding in the ideas behind the PIE is the best possible place to start.

You may also want to talk over some of the ideas and examples with others in your services, whether SMT of frontline staff, as to whether this is something for you, at this point in time.


2: Read/listen to the briefing

But there is a lot to browse here; and much of it is only of really keen interest to particular groups or sectors.    So, to speed your path, we now have an ‘essential briefing’ specifically on the PIE Abacus, for PIE leads (HERE).

This is a condensed version, with a single linear narrative that takes you through all the key points to consider, on how to get an account, and what you can do with it.

This briefing will also be available to download in audio form (not yet HERE) , so that you can listen whilst travelling, or doing other things away from your desk.


3: Arrange a conversation

Your next move will probably be to contact the PIE Abacus team, and arrange for a phone call, to talk over what it is you are likely to want, for your particular agency and needs, and the state of readiness of your services.

NB:  We are gradually bringing together a small group of trainers and consultants with a good understanding of PIE and the Pizazz. They will be able to offer still more in-depth and on-going support and training.

The PIE Abacus aims to cater for un-even roll-out though a large agency or network, but we’d need to discuss with you – in full confidence, of course - how best to suit the software to your situation.


4: Sign up for a free trial

Or you might prefer to skip these first steps, and go straight to the website of the software company, Opeus / TDK  (HERE) . There you can sign up for a free trial, for a period.

It’s not what we generally recommend; but all the feedback from the pilots (HERE) is that so much of it is really very intuitive, you will certainly get a lot from just trying it.


5: Repeat

Still, as and when it is the more ‘advanced’ uses of the software that you want to understand, you will probably want to come back to the essential briefing

Further background reading/listening/viewing

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


PIElink pages

The Pizazz on paper or on screen : HERE

FAQ - PIE Abacus typical licence costs : HERE;

FAQ - PIE Abacus licence costs summary' : HERE

PIE Abacus uses and terms of use: HERE.

Costs and sustainability : HERE

Costs as income : HERE


For applications in particular settings, see:

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


Library items

'The PIE Abacus range - an introduction for PIE leads', which you will find in the Library : HERE.

Assessing the costs and ‘value added’ of the PIE Abacus : HERE

Piloting of the PIE Abacus

Gareth Williams of POBL, on using PIEs 2, and piloting the PIE Abacus.

Pizazz and the PIE Abacus; the work we now have to do for ourselves: HERE

Key aims of the pilot : HERE

Timescales and time commitment HERE

The story so far : HERE

The Pizazz approach

For the overall introduction to the Pizazz, see Introducing the Pizazz: HERE

For a note on current and future costs of using the Pizazz, see Pizazz costs and sustainability: HERE

The pen-and-paper version

The basic Pizazz assessment summary sheets are  HERE

The Pizazz Handbook, 'Useful questions',  is HERE

Pizazz assessment levels guidance is HERE

Advice for Pizazz assessment facilitators is HERE

Creative Commons licence terms are HERE