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Delivering Social Change - Introduction

The Delivering Social Change framework was set up by the Northern Ireland Executive to tackle poverty and social exclusion. It represents a new level of joined-up working by Ministers and senior officials across Executive departments to drive through initiatives which have a genuine impact on the ground.


The framework has been established to deliver a sustained reduction in poverty and associated issues across all ages and to improve children and young people’s health, well-being and life opportunities thereby breaking the long term cycle of multi-generational problems.
Delivering Social Change is a new way of doing business, moving away from plans with long lists of existing activities towards a smaller number of actions which can really make a difference. It is about creating a new culture and focus on cross-cutting work to achieve social benefits. It is not about replacing ongoing work happening in Government departments, but is instead about adding to this work.

How the framework is tackling poverty and social exclusion

The framework is working in three ways, by:
  • providing a way for OFMDFM to take forward significant cross-cutting policy development and programme delivery work;
  • providing a mechanism for other Departments to use the framework to take forward their cross-cutting policy and delivery work;
  • developing an outline framework for future social policy interventions to complement the Economic Strategy (NI Executive websiteexternal website) in time for the next Programme for Government.

Operational Structures

Delivering Social Change Ministerial Sub-Committees

The Executive’s Ministerial Sub-Committees on Poverty and Social Inclusion and Children and Young People are leading on the Delivering Social Change programme of work.
Both Sub-Committees are co-chaired by Junior Ministers Michelle McIlveen and Jennifer McCann along with all Executive Ministers as members. Once a year the First Minister and deputy First Minister chair a joint meeting of the Sub-Committees.

Delivering Social Change Programme Board

The Ministerial Sub-Committees are supported by the Delivering Social Change Programme Board. This is co-chaired by Junior Ministers Michelle McIlveen and Jennifer McCann and includes senior officials from all government departments. The Board oversees and monitors the six initial Signature Programmes announced in October 2012 and the seventh Signature Programme announced in October 2013.

Delivering Social Change Atlantic Philanthrophies Programme Board

The Atlantic Philanthrophies Programme Board oversees and monitors progress on the development and implementation of the three additional Signature Programmes announced by Ministers in September 2014. Its membership includes representatives from the departments that are leading on this work.

Delivering Social Change Fund

In the Executive’s commitment to deliver change where it is most needed, a number of key causes that are contributing to the continuation of poverty and deprivation were identified. These included problems with literacy and numeracy; the need for parenting support and early intervention for children; and the lack of employment opportunities, coupled with local community dereliction.
A Delivering Social Change Fund has been established to enable the Executive to respond quickly and in a more flexible way to urgent social needs.
The Fund will support the initiatives noted below:
  • Social Investment Fund;
  • Delivering Social Change Signature Programmes;
  • Childcare.

Contact the Delivering Social Change Team

If you would like more information about Delivering Social Change you can contact the team:
Delivering Social Change Team
Room E4.15
Block E, Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast BT4 3SR
Telephone: 028 9052 0584