Making Life Better

Making Life Better 2012–2023 is the ten year public health strategic framework. The framework provides direction for policies and actions to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland. It builds on the Investing for Health strategy (2002–2012) and retains a focus on the broad range of social, economic and environmental factors which influence health and wellbeing. It brings together actions at government level and provides direction for implementation at regional and local level.

The Making Life Better framework seeks to create the conditions for individuals and communities to take control of their own lives and move towards a vision of Northern Ireland where all people are enabled and supported in achieving their full health and wellbeing potential and to reduce inequalities in health.

The Public Health Agency is the lead agency for regional implementation of the Making Life Better framework. Working across sectors, implementation will focus on strengthening collaboration and coordination to deliver on shared strategic priorities across sectors at a regional level, and on supporting implementation at a local level.

Originally, structures included a Regional Project Board with membership from local government, community, voluntary and private sectors and chaired by PHA Chief Executive.

A key responsibility of regional arrangements is to facilitate links with other emerging strategies while focusing on delivery and continuing the cross-sectoral, multi-agency, collaborative approach that is central to Making Life Better. Cognisant of this responsibility and in light of a number of strategic developments including the draft Programme for Government 2016-21, Community Planning and the transformation envisaged by Delivering Together, the regional implementation arrangements have been under careful consideration with regard to how Making Life Better could build on these developments and increase momentum for improving health and reducing health inequalities. 

Collaboration is at the core of Making Life Better and will continue to be the focus of the new regional arrangements both in their development and implementation. In line with this, the new regional arrangements will be designed and agreed with MLB stakeholders and will aim to develop and strengthen regional collaboration, promote collective action and share learning.

Throughout 2018, PHA is working with stakeholders to consider, design and agree the next steps for MLB regional implementation to ensure that these aims can be realised through new arrangements effectively and as required by stakeholders.

To facilitate the high-level monitoring of progress on the key Making Life Better indicators, a dedicated section has been developed on the NINIS website at

Key documents