PIEs 2.0 - the basics

PIEs 2.0 is the current, and most up-dated version (or 'formulation") of what it is to be a PIE.

PIEs 2.0 is the product of five years' original development of the ideas, and the practice; and another five years of further, still on-going discussions and explorations of developing practice in this highly dynamic field.


The 'Big Five'

PIEs 2.0 identifies the major themes, dimensions, or areas to look at, under five 'high level' headings. These top five areas are:

  • Developing more 'psychological awareness' of the needs of service users
  • Valuing training and support for staff ( and volunteers) as well as service users.
  • Creating a service culture of constant learning and enquiry
  • Creating and/or working with 'spaces of opportunity'
  • Fine-tuning the 3 Rs - the rules, roles and responsiveness of the service

Within each, there are then three or four main sub-sets (like headings in the chapters of a book). These focus on the more tangible or practical expressions of those wider themes.

These more specific examples on the PIE framework in practice are customised to some degree to the needs of the specific service - the client group, the nature of the service, the geography of the locality, the work of other services in the field and the 'pathways' in and between services - and the gaps and barriers. NB: You will find many examples in the Case studies pages of the 'PIEs in practice section : HERE.

For more on these specific, in each of the main themes, simply click on the links here to the pages relating to each issue.

  • Psychological awareness:   HERE
  • Training and support for staff:   HERE
  • Learning and enquiry:   HERE
  • Spaces of opportunity:   HERE
  • The Three Rs :   HERE

Do also check out, too, the pages here on reflective practice (HERE) and where 'managing' or highlighting 'relationships' (HERE) fits. in the PIEs 2 model.


Digging deeper

You will find all of these 'Big Five' issues explored, and illustrated with working examples,  in the PIEs in practice pages of this site : HERE; and also in PIEs self assessment ('Pizazz') Handbook, 'Useful Questions': HERE

  • For the ambition, and advantages and disadvantages, in aiming for a single framework for all complex need work, see 'A single framework' : HERE.
  • For more on the gradual evolution of the idea, see 'Is the PIE evolving?' (Summary): HERE.
  • And for more on the development process for PIEs 2.0 itself, see: 'PIEs 2.0 - the development process': HERE.

Beyond PIEs 2.0?

It is possible that we may yet see a newer version one day - PIEs 3.  This is not likely soon; but do see the discussion on where we are currently, on the page called 'PIE 1, 2 - and 3?' HERE

Finally, for advice on not getting too hung up on exactly what goes where, in this framework, see:  My cat is a built environment? : HERE



Further background reading/listening/viewing

It all hangs together. Still, the key features of the revised version are outlined and explored in turn:

  • Psychological awareness HERE
  • Staff Training and Support HERE
  • Learning and Enquiry HERE
  • Spaces of Opportunity HERE
  • The Three Rs HERE

For an informal account of the expanded scope and overall purpose of PIEs 2.0

For more on the development of these areas, see

The cycles of practice-based learning HERE

Pizazz: A new and more customisable working framework for PIEs HERE

Pizazz: the work we now have to do ourselves: HERE


Other useful background reading/viewing

Is the PIE evolving? HERE

Memes: a cautionary tale HERE

Is the PIE just about homelessness? HERE

Psychologically informed environments and the enabling environments initiativHERE

In search on the enabling environment HERE

Creating a Psychologically Informed Environment - assessment and Implementation HERE

A very brief introduction to the key elements of a PIE HERE

A very brief history of PIE HERE

A VERY brief future of PIE HERE

My cat is a built environment? : HERE