Curating case studies and practice examples

This site has many case studies and practice examples, scattered throughout. The Library in particular has many examples - but only if you know where to look. Searching through an on-line library simply by using keywords can be productive; but it is also an unreliable method, and can seem quite unsatisfying.

(The monthly newsletters in part have attempted to curate the most useful material, with editors and guest editors able to select their own 'pick of the month'. But here too, as they are in date order, it is hard to search for relevant material by theme.)

Special subject pages here can point the way towards a (so far relatively small) number of especially relevant items.  With the 2021 re-vamp of the site, to follow the newly developed (and soon to be marketed) PIE Abacus (HERE), searching by topic should eventually become a little easier.

In the meantime, in the left-hand column here (or below) you find just a small sample, un-catalogued, of the many projects described across various areas of the site featured here. This selection of newer material has been made specifically to illustrate some of the key themes, and suggest answers to some of the questions that folk relatively new to the PIE approach tend to bring.

On the right (for those on a wide screen), we are beginning the process of grouping these case studies by theme.  But bear with us:  this will take time.

Also on a separate page there are the case studies used in the original DCLG/NMHDU guidance : HERE


Further background reading/listening/viewing

PIEs case studies – a selection of new and used material

NB: this collection of pages, and selection of examples, is incomplete. We are still gathering some of the material; but this will take some time; and these links and this material will be built up in stages. But the themes we propose to use are:

  • Introducing the PIE approach : HERE
  • The built environment and adaptations : HERE
  • Using the whole environment: HERE
  • Outreach, pathways, and environments without buildings : HERE
  • PIEs, communities and a sense of belonging : HERE
  • Clubhouses, cores, and campus models : HERE
  • PIEs in therapy settings : HERE
  • 'Psychologically informed business environments' : HERE
  • Whole system PIEs  : HERE
  • PIEs and ‘exclusion-informed research’ HERE

You will very likely find it more useful to scan the list by theme, with specific sub-sections, in which this same selection is re-shuffled and each individual example appears  - with sometimes more additional examples - under one or (often several) more useful headings.

For a similar approach ( and inevitably some overlapping material) see also: Recently added, in the Library : HERE

A wide-ranging selection of studies and examples

Because complex needs are complex, services to meet these complex needs will also be complex and multi-faceted; cataloguing them in any fashion is always going to be at best problematic, at worst, unsatisfactory and frustrating - and we can simply miss much very valuable material to learn from

Yet without some kind of signposting, it is impossible to browse effectively.

On this page, for the present, we have simply a very wide-ranging selection of many of the case studies and practice samples that appear on this site, in no particular order. Over time, we will attempt to introduce a range of topics, using the book references style, such as (author, date).


And, in no particular order...

1011 Lansdowne: Turning Around a Building, Turning Around Lives — Elise Hug (HERE

1811 Eastlake – Daniel Malone et al – An example of 'single site housing' creating a supportive recovery community within the Housing First model (Coming Soon)

Back on your feet - Suzanne Quinney - a pilot for using Appreciative Inquiry as a strengths model, creating a learning organisation HERE

A walk in the park – Paula Corcoran – on constructive use of the local environment to change relationships (Coming Soon)

A Whole New World – Toby Lowe et al – a radical approach to psychologically informed commissioning; creating a PIE of pathways; markers of whole systems change HERE

Banking on Time – Graham Gardiner - working with short attention spans; a psychologically informed business environment (1) HERE

Behaving like a system – Lankelly Chase – a pilot in Coventry, identifying markers of whole systems change HERE

Bell Hotel Supportive Housing Project -  PIEs in Housing First - single site permanent supported Recovery Housing  HERE

Building recovery communities – Brian Morgan –  peer support for recovery from addiction; a psychologically informed business environment;  HERE

The Big Issue as a psychologically informed business environment (an interview with Stephen Robertson ) working with short attention spans, scaffolding new strengths HERE 

Car, bus, tram or unicorn – Ruth Franceska - outreach work; fresh thoughts on constructive use of the 'found' environment HERE

Community work in homelessness outreach – Brendan Plante HERE

Developing a psychological model: learning from a Housing Association pilot - Aileen Edwards - HERE

Development at Father Bills – John Yaswinski and April Conolly - creative responses to finding new mental health needs from a pioneer of Housing First HERE

Dunmore Canedin team –  using data; development in dialogue (Coming Soon)

Complex needs and available data - Grant Everrett - gathering multiple datasets for mapping complex needs: exclusion-informed research Grant Everrett HERE

Highwater House annual report – on PIE implementation: using elastic tolerance:low costs changes in building adaptation:  move-on and co-location HERE

Implementing a Psychologically Informed Environment in a service for young homeless people - Jeremy Woodcock & Jamie Gill -  attachment theory in action; becoming a learning organisation  HERE

Participatory Appraisal – Zack Ahmed - a new approach to consultation for systems learning; exclusion-informed research HERE

Person-centred research  – Juliette Hough and Becky Rice - exclusion-informed research (2) HERE

Pre-treatment therapy –  John Conolly - applications of PIEs and pretreatment in therapy settings (1)(Coming Soon)

Reflexive photography – Leonie Boland - OT in re-homing; exclusion-informed research. (Video HERE)

Scaffolding of hope – Coral Westaway - the staff role; exclusion-informed research (3) HERE

Simon Community Leith  - youth work; community project  (Coming Soon)

Street Buddies – Louise Simonsen - the subtlety of unmeasurable engagement HERE

System change - Ray Middleton & Alex Smith - system brokerage at Fulfilling Lives, Newcastle Gateshead HERE

Towards a PIE city – Sian Clark  - PIEs in acute wards in Bristol; reflective practuce ; applications in therapy settings  HERE

Design for Homelessness – Jill Pable -a handy checklist for a trauma-informed approach to the physical environment. HERE

Veterans Community Project, Kansas City – Kevin Jamieson - community and peer support in transitional housng  HERE

Well-being by design: the questions you might ask - Genesis Housing Association - a simple tool for judging how the environement might feel   HERE

Westminster City’ Ten Top Tips - Victoria Aseervatham – medium- low- and no cost changes HERE

Women at the Well – Caroline Hattersley - all systems negotiation – spaces of opportunity - at WATW (Coming soon)

Y-Adapt - Y people – a clubhouse model for PIE implementation in a youthwork service: development and community HERE

Y foundation’s single site accommodation – PIEs in single site Housing First in Finland HERE