Communities of practice - internal and external

 

We can anticipate that the principal use of the PIE Abacus, as for the Pizazz on paper, will be as a process for self-assessment and team-led development of services. This will be particularly of interest to some middle managers; and to specialists whose work may cover a range of services (see: PIE Abacus FAQs) .

The expanded scope and flexibility in individual in-put now means that it is very easy to create action learning sets or any similar topic-specific practice exchange Abacuses, for your own staff. These can complement the team-based assessments and plans with additional perspectives that can span a range of teams within one agency. (See: FAQ: Why have individuals as 'contributors' at all? HERE)

But in the development process, a range of other potential uses has emerged; and one of these is the scope for supporting communities of practice extending outside any single agency. The option to invite any individuals to collaborate means that there can now be an exchange of views and suggestions between staff of many - or any - agencies; and there could easily be some Abacuses created specifically for the purpose of inter-agency professional practice share.

How does this work?

The software design makes this possible, because any agency with a PIE Abacus licence can decide to create a community of practice Abacus, and then invite anyone else to collaborate, provided only that those they invite have a licence code - from wherever.

There is actually nothing in the software to prevent whole teams from using their licence code access to take part in such a community of practice. It is simply the greater demands on staff time in team meetings that suggests that this is much less likely to be useful. Nevertheless, the peer review option could take this form.

 

NB: 'Any agency' here might mean a 'provider' agency; or a capacity building agency that aims to work across many fields. (See: 'FAQs: What is meant by a Lead Agency?' HERE). That might mean a research institute, for a particular research project (in which case, do see 'The PIE Abacus as a research tool', 'HERE or a training agency wanting to offer a form of participant follow up after a course.

For the PIE Abacus in a local needs analysis for inter-agency practice development, see:  'Local practice networks and service eco-systems'HERE

 

 

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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