PIE Abacus use and terms of use

The Pizazz on paper was issued for free; and will remain so. But the PIE Abacus, being software, comes with a cost for a licence.

The PIE Abacus has been developed as a tool for an emerging community of practice based  in creating and researching the effectiveness of PIEs (particularly but not exclusively in the work of homelessness and complex needs services).

Complex need work is itself a complex and fast changing field; and any new technology entering this area with an intent to assist, with the best will in the world, will need to be supported by a community of users participating and contributing to its on-going developed.

Use of the PIE Abacus entails a commitment to developing PIEs in practice; but also in contributing to the wider development of PIEs, including the Pizazz and the PIE Abacus itself.

Beyond a certain point, this is not something that can be pre-developed in its entirety.

So the term of use include being willing to participate, at least in giving feedback and helping to develop the project.   That commitment is entirely un-enforceable – in effect any level of contribution is voluntary  - and can only be entirely at your own pace and on your own terms. But we do expect a spirit of cooperation from PIE Abacus users.

As part of this mutual commitment to continuing development, the income from the sales of the PIE Abacus goes to a new company – the PIES Income Re-Investment Co -  for promotion, support and development and re-investment in the sector.


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 PIE Abacus - an on-line Pizazz (summary) : HERE

Getting started with an Abacus 'customer account' : HERE

PIEs assessment - what is the point? : HERE


All PIE Abacus FAQs HERE


Library items

PIE Abacus - essential briefing for PIE leads' (and any others in comparable roles), HERE)

Weighing the costs and 'value added' of the PIE Abacus : HERE


The PIE Abacus - applications in particular settings:

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