PIEs and research

On 25th November, 2021, from 12.30 to 2pm, as part of the PIElink community of practice lunchtime forums, Season Three (HERE), we have a discussion on resehrch in PIEs - and PIEs in research.

The PIE approach itself is 'evidence-informed', rather than 'evidence-based'. That is, it is far too flexible, holistic, systemic and contextualised, to be accessible to, let alone derived from, the narrower definitions of 'good evidence' currently in favour in more formalised research circles.

Meanwhile however, looking forward, the potential in the relationship between PIEs and research cuts both ways.

On the one hand, we have the ambition to see research into PIEs.  On the other, we have the aspiration that the PIEs concept, and the PIEs framework in particular, can summarise effectively the central issues, as a tool for research - and many kinds of research and subjects that are otherwise inaccessible to complexity.


Research into PIEs

Research into PIEs, as the subject of study itself, may take several forms.  We can explore the value, in a wide range of dimensions, of adopting the framework and the underlying ideas; and/or of using the Pizazz and PIE Abacus more specifically. In the longer term, we can then hope to look at the enhanced effectiveness in improved outcomes in services that do adopt the PIE approach, as a whole or in part.

Much such research currently exists only in small scale studies, often by practitioners with or without the assistance of research specialists; and much of what little is published exists in the form of what academic researchers call 'grey literature'.

Nevertheless, we CAN have the ambition to bring together what research there is currently, of whatever status; and even to develop a PIEs research special interest group. This is currently one of our aspirations for the next steps in 'the PIEs project'.


PIEs as a research tool

But equally we can explore the extent to which the PIEs framework is now able, in itself, to offer a basis for future research into all or any aspect of work with complex needs and environments.

That is, we can apply the framework not just for those consciously developing as PIEs, but any services or ways of working, even for single interventions, that really need 'rich' descriptions of the context of the work, to be truly valid.

In conjunction with the Pizazz processes and the PIE Abacus, as 'quantised self-report' assessment and development tools, the PIE framework can provide greater clarity and 'richer' descriptions, without sacrificing all of the precision needed for comparability.

For more discussion on this opportunity, see PIE and the PIE Abacus as a research tool : HERE


The PIEs community of practice 'PIES and research' forum

These issues will provide the central focus of the first PIEs community of practice research forum, scheduled for 1st July, 12.30 to 2pm UK time.

But we can anticipate that this forum will become an on-going discussion; and (potentially) one of the webinars in the autumn programme.

Further background reading/listening/viewing

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PIElink pages

PIEs and the Pizazz as a research tool : HERE

The PIE Abacus as a research tool : HERE

A single framework : HERE


Resources for PIE leads - research opportunities

The issues of research into PIEs; and the quite new possibilities that this software opens for research.

(For all other video resources for PIE leads, see : HERE)