Work in progress: a PIElink members’ research round-up

In January 2017, we will see the first ever research and evidence conference devoted entirely to research and evaluation of PIEs.

For more information on this conference, and the full programme, see the HomelessLink website, HERE
In the meantime, we hope to enlist the support of the PIElink community members to attempt to Identify and map

  • what research on PIE is currently being undertaken; and what is being planned

and similarly

  • what evaluations there have been so far of the effectiveness of PIE services
  • what tools and methods are being used to research and evaluate PIEs

If you are involved in or know of, any research being conducted or planned, do let us know. 
Please mark your email "PIE research mapping"

And if you would be interested to hear what others are doing, to share and learn, we can include you in future discussions here and on-line.

Recent and current research that we know of

Here we will post any details sent in to us, with links to both published and on-going research, and researchers who have indicated that they are willing to be contacted.


In early 2016, the Mental Health Foundation published a literature and evidence review of PIEs, PIPEs and EEs, based on all the (then) available published research.  The full text is HERE.    (NB: All research concludes that more research is needed; but this review -commissioned by St Mungos - concludes that what is needed is a whole research programme. The Mental Health Foundation and HomelessLink, with the PIElink, are now hosting a research conference, in January 2017; details HERE.)

Also produced by St Mungos, in December 2016, is a report: "Stop the scandal: the case for action on mental health and rough sleeping"  (Copy and comment to follow) with sections on research and evidence.

Ray Middleton, Sophie Boobis and the Newcastle & Gateshead Fulfilling Lives team have published research ("Evaluation of a Dialogical Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) Pilot") on an initial pilot of the development and implementation of the PIEs framework in three selected hostels in their area. Full text HERE.  NB: A further pilot, with research integral, is now being developed.

Alex Hughes writes: Second Step's United Peer Project, (or the UP Project ) offers 1-1 and group Ppeer mentoring to people entering onto the homelessness pathway (e.g. supported accommodation). The project commenced earlier this year and works in collaboration with the University of Southampton and Homeless Link. The whole project is underpinned by the PIE model and we have two part-time Psychologists working with us as well as a group of Experts by Experience. The service will be evaluated over the 2 year+ period it is in operation with all learning and outcomes helping to form a best practice model that will be disseminated nation wide. 

Peter Cockersell - one of the co-authors of the implementation guidance, 'Psychologically informed services' - has published a review ("PIEs five years on") of the intended outcomes of the original guidance, looking at a range of data from evaluations of current PIE services in UK and Ireland.  NB: this document is currently only available to subscribers to the journal; but here we have some quotations. 

Planned research

John Chacksfield, at Canterbury Christ Church University - Faculty of Health & Wellbeing -  will be exploring the nature of the social and physical environment within enriched environments (e.g. occupational therapy group settings) as compared with non-enriched environments (e.g. Community centre). A mixed methodology (Quantitative and Qualitative) will be utilised with male and female adult inpatients who have a mental health diagnosis; and hoping the results may be generalisable to PIE settings.

Interviewees wanted

Clare Brockie, MBA student, is seeking examples of PIE developments, to explore the extent to which senior management team 'buy in' may be necessary for effective development.