The Big Five - clusters

Please note; we are in the midst of a thorough re-construction of these pages. For the moment, there may be some duplication of material from elsewhere; and probably some broken links. Bear with us. Its a lot to cover......

A practical model of practice

The PIEs model suggests we can identify the key features in a PIE under fifteen or so key areas of practice; and that these can be clustered, for convenience, under five main themes - the 'Big Five'.  In more technical language, this is known as a 'heuristic' - an account that means some slight over-simplification, but that helps to get the main points across fairly clearly.

For most practical purposes, the account of the Big Five and the fifteen practice elements given in the 'PIEs in principle' and 'PIEs in practice' sections and pages ( HERE and HERE ) is enough to go on - at least to spark the discussions within a team over what improvements you might make, which is their real purpose. These are therefore the broad categories - the 'themes' - used for the PIEs Services Assessment and Self Development framework, the Pizazz (HERE); and for the software version, the PIE Abacus (HERE).

For those that do want to dig a little deeper in to the PIEs framework with the Pizazz, those fifteen key practice elements are spelled out in the 'Pizazz-on-paper' summary sheets; in the Handbook; and in the 'long form' of the PIE Abacus.

Looking more closely

In this discussion area, though, we propose to look a little more closely at each of these themes, for the benefit of all those that have concerns over how best to interpret these terms in practice; or for those - such as perhaps researchers? - who might want to ask more searching questions about where these terms and ideas came from, and how clear the boundaries between them are.

In one of the other pages on this site (HERE) , we have spelled out the hope to create a single framework for all complex needs services; and in another the mixture of 'ambition and modesty' (sic) that underlay this attempt (HERE).

The great Dolly Parton once quipped: "You would not believe how much it costs, to look this cheap". So it is with the PIEs 2 framework, and likewise the PIE Abacus: you would not believe how difficult it was, to make it this simple.

So in the pages in this sub-section, we will be looking frankly at how we came to settle on these clusters; and how successful the compromises have been, to achieve the great breadth, with the relative simplicity and relative clarity of the PIEs 2 framework.



Further background reading/listening/viewing

PIElink pages on the Big Five themes

The 'Big Five' : HERE

Psychological awareness in action : HERE

What training? and what support? : HERE

Learning through enquiry : HERE

Making space : HERE

The Three Rs : HERE


PIElink pages on PIEs overall

PIEs in principle : HERE

PIEs 2 : HERE 

PIEs 1, 2 - and 3? : HERE

PIE  assessment : HERE