The Pizazz as a research tool

One of the principal ambitions* behind the development of the PIEs 2.0, and specifically the Pizazz as an assessment and action planning formula, was to provide a more sound basis for future research into the effectiveness and the dynamics of PIEs.

The PIEs 2.0 formula aimed to couch the key characteristics of a PIE in a way that covered all of the territory and the issues that might need addressing, whilst allowing greater focus and precision in actual observable evidence.

With a ‘distance travelled’ approach, rather than an ‘either/or’ (‘you are or you aren’t’), for the development of PIEs, combined with greater precision in the definition of the key characteristics, it should now be possible to observe the impact of particular developments and interventions in any one field with greater clarity.

The on-line version of the Pizazz will allow in-put from a range of services into any research project wanting to explore or compare results from interventions over a larger sample.


The PIEs 2.0 formula also allows us to identify external/systemic issues alongside internal/service-level issues; and the Pizazz process then allows us to pin-point the needed actions and interventions, and map the progress made over time, in system change.


NB:  The Pizazz depends on self-assessment, however tempered by peer review; and so for some kinds of research, where there needs to be greater stress on ‘rater relability’, it is recommended that more than one peer review is undertaken, to help confirm the accuracy of initial assessment of the service.


(* The others being to provide a clear and practical means to advance the actual practice of PIEs, without being over prescriptive; to expand the range of applicability, without being too general; and to promote a better informed discussion between services and commissioners, senior management, and other local stakeholders.)


The paperwork

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