Finding an 'Associate' for Pizazz and PIE Abacus assessments

Hands-on support to PIEs assessment and development

Any agency or network that wants to develop as a PIE will find plenty of advice and encouragement here; and any agency or network that wants to try using the Pizazz process for service audit and development can download the papers for the paperwork version (HERE)

Likewise any agency or network that wants to try the PIE Abacus can download a copy of the 'essential briefing for PIE leads': (HERE).  They can then register for a free trial, for a period, to explore it for themselves. But the other option, which we would tend to strongly recommend, is for a conversation first with one of the PIE trainers in our PIE Abacus 'Associates' group, to talk over what the agency needs, and how to get the maximum benefit, at whatever size or stage each agency or network may be at.

For anyone who may be interested in joining the 'Associates', this rather smaller group of those with particular familiarity with the PIE Abacus, these next paragraphs are for you.


Facilitating the PIE Abacus

PIElink Associates will get more in-depth mentoring and peer support via the Associates group and the PIEPR core team; and will also have the opportunity to have their own Abacus, at no cost, for demonstration purposes.

PIElink 'Associates' will be given a licence code that allows them to immediately access the Associates account, as a member of the group, instead of registering for an Abacus account, as agencies wishing to try it and use it for the own self assessments and development must do - with a minimum cost of £800 p.a. (+VAT) for a minimum of 10 Abacuses*.

This means that, as an Associate:

  • (a) you get to play with the software yourself, get familiar and comfortable with it, before taking any other agencies and teams through the process.
  • b) the agencies and teams you work with are not giving you access to their commercially confidential data (unless they actually choose to), so your role here as consultant/trainer is kept at a slight distance
  • (c) also they don't have to give up to you one of their minimum allocation of 10 Abacuses for an account - which reduces the 'value added' only marginally for a large agency, but perhaps significantly for a smaller one*.

NB: Associates are all independent trainers or consultants. There is no guarantee that a briefing from an Associate will lead to on-going work with the agency for the Associate; that is something to be agreed entirely between them.


* See 'Weighing the costs and 'value added' for the PIE Abacus' :  (HERE)


The 'PPP' training

Currently in the final stages of completion, the 'PIEs, Pizazz and PIE Abacus' ('PPP') training covers much the same ground as the essential briefing for PIE leads : (HERE). However, like Robin Johnson's book on 'PIEs from the ground up' (HERE), the PPP training it goes into greater depth; and also, it comes with an hour of 1-1 mentoring' time.

'Associates' will be able to offer that 1-1 mentoring time.  Any other more on-going relationship with the Abacus account holder, PIE lead (or whoever else) is not guaranteed.

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  • What are people saying about the PIE Abacus? : HERE
  • Getting started with an Abacus account: HERE
  • Use and terms of use : HERE
  • Costs and sustainability : HERE
  • Customising the PIE Abacus : HERE

Essential background for PIE leads

PIEs assessment - what is the point? : HERE

Ambition and modesty : HERE

A single framework : HERE

Costs and sustainability : HERE

Customising the PIE Abacus : HERE

The PIE Abacus - essential briefing for PIE leads : HERE

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


For applications in particular settings, see:

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

(See 'On evaluation, for further discussion, HERE)