Will there be a PIEs 3?

The short, simple, answer is: probably not. At least, not at this time.

But let's go a little further, beyond the simple.

It took four to five years, from the first publications that first suggested the term PIE, in 2010, to the first settled version in some detail, which we now call 'PIEs 1' - the 'classic' version. But even then, by the time that PIEs 1 was becoming established and widespread, there were reasons to look beyond, with new issues coming into view, and others just not well enough covered.

The PIEs 2 formulation, with came out of that revision, is more comprehensive and allows more clear detail; but there are two or three areas that are still under-represented.

  • The COVID 19 era has brought accelerated change across all homelessness pathways, and with rapid re-housing, the boundary between specialist provision and general housing support is rapidly eroding. New 'floating' support models and networks for the more vulnerable in ordinary community housing are emerging.
  • Outreach workers clearly do find the material on this site useful. But they have to rummage around for insights more specific to their work. It would be useful to bring together all the examples and observations most relevant to those who work in other people's environments - those that they must work with, but cannot much control.
  • There is more scope to address user involvement in PIEs 2, but the language of the revised framework is still largely the language of services, of managers and professionals. A version of the framework couched more in the language and concerns of users would be helpful.

All together, these would suggest the need for a re-worked version of the PIE Abacus, using a language and criteria more suited to services' users, and possibly one for general needs housing; and similarly a revised version (possibly two) of the Pizazz Handbook.

We propose, therefore, to launch two, possibly three new on-line working parties, to explore what is now happening, and what we are learning, in these areas. We anticipate that these will not start work until early 2021.

But in the meantime, if any PIElink readers and members have related issues or material they are already working on, and would be keen to share and/or get feedback, please do let us know, at forums@pielink.net.






Further background reading/listening/viewing

PIElink pages

PIElink pages

Is the PIE evolving? (summary):  HERE

Useful psychology :  HERE

PIEs, scattered site and 'networked' housing :  HERE


Library items

(Please note: you will need to be registered and logged in, to access items from the members' Library.)

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

Learning and Enquiry, and the cycles of practice-based learning: HERE


Car, Bus, Tram or Unicorn: my car is a 'Psychologically Informed Environment: HERE

Louise Simonsen on the work of Street Buddies: HERE

The Big Issue HERE

PIEs and 'psychologically informed business environments': HERE

Autism awareness in homelessness: HERE


User involvement

The language of lived experience: HERE

Service users' PIEs assessments: HERE

User involvement in the PIE Abacus: coming soon

The democracy of pidgin: HERE


PIEs in general needs housing

At Home? A study of mental health issues arising in housing: HERE

Visual methods and home-making (Leonie Boland, OT):  HERE

Public health and social housing: a natural alliance?: HERE