Using PIEs 1 with Pizazz

For the moment, the Pizazz works with the PIEs 2.0 formulation of a PIE.

This is, at least in part, because PIEs 2.0 was designed explicitly with the intention for a more evidence-based assessment approach in mind. In theory it should be possible to produce a version of the Pizazz that works with the older, ‘classic’ account of a PIE. But in practice, that older version does not work so well as a framework for evidence; and it is also more restricted in its range.

Nevertheless, all past training or development work undertaken using the older model will find a place in the 2.0 framework. The same issues and concepts are all included within PIEs 2; but you should find that some of the things that had seemed awkward or confusing in PIEs 1 are more clearly laid out in the new model.

Of the main 'fields' in the classic model, the only area that does NOT appear un-changed in the PIEs 2 formulation is the centrality of relationships. But since that is central to everything, you are free to include it everywhere, or anywhere.

However, we do recommend that you focus on this, in practical terms, in 'the Three Rs'.


Two formats

The Pizazz now comes in two formats - the 'pen and paper' format, and the electronic/on-line format, known as the PIE Abacus.

The 'pen and paper' format is suitable for simpler and smaller services, where getting round a table to meet and discuss face-to-face is an option; and/or perhaps to those still fairly new to the PIE approach, or those not familiar yet with PIEs 2.0..

The electronic/on-line format ( the "PIE Abacus') is geared for more complex and/or larger services, organisations and networks, where face-to-face meeting is impractical. The Abacus is designed to meet the needs of larger services and systems, needing an overview of multiple services; and  as software, it has some powerful analytical features.

Another of the advantages of the PIE Abacus is its relative flexibility. It will even be possible to create adapted versions of the PIE Abacus to work with PIEs 1.  PIEs 2 will still be there, in the background, to be brought into play when ready. ( See: Customising your PIE Abacus : HERE)

Further background reading/listening/viewing

The full paperwork 

The basic Pizazz assessment summary sheets :  HERE

The Pizazz Handbook, 'Useful questions' : HERE

Pizazz assessment levels guidance : HERE

Advice for Pizazz assessment facilitators :  HERE

Creative Commons licence terms : HERE


For the PIE Abacus, see: The PIE Abacus - an online Pizazz 

See: Which form of the Pizazz is right for our service?

How come its free? (PIElink page) HERE 

PIEs 2.0 - the development process (PIElink page) HERE

The simplest, most effective way to evaluate and improve your PIE from Daniel O'Brien on Vimeo.