The Prioritisation Framework: making the most of your budget

A flexible tool to help local authorities make transparent, evidence-based spending decisions across public health programmes.


Prioritisation Framework

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Overview of the Prioritisation Framework


Local public health teams are facing increasingly complex and challenging decisions over what services to invest in and disinvest from. The Prioritisation Framework is designed to help local authorities conduct a systematic prioritisation exercise, by greatly reducing the burden and complexity of the task.

The approach is based on multi-criteria decision analysis, a recognised decision-support technique which has been successfully used in a variety of contexts.

Throughout the tool, users are provided with extensive guidance and links to other relevant resources. A supporting materials pack is available from the PHE health economics team at

Additional PHE centre support for local authorities using the Prioritisation Framework will be launched, starting with East Midlands, North-East, Yorkshire and Humber and North-West. Interested teams within those areas should contact their PHE centres for further details.

Published 22 March 2018
Last updated 12 November 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added link to an independent evaluation of the Prioritisation Framework.

  2. Added introductory video to 'Overview of the Prioritisation Framework'.

  3. First published.