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What does it mean to be a part of The Truacanta Project?

The focus of a local project and the actions taken is determined by the community themselves. However, being part of the Truacanta Project gives local community projects access to:

  • community development support and advice
  • networking and learning opportunities
  • support with evaluation

Community development support

Community development is a process where people come together to take action on what's important to them. Communities that were selected to be part of The Truacanta Project are able to access community development advice and support over a two year period (April 2020-March 2022).

The Truacanta Project Manager helps communities to explore how they can best use their community's assets - the strengths, knowledge, experience, skills and resources existing in their community - to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.

The specific support given is tailored to each project. For example, communities find it helpful to have support thinking through and planning the project, practical advice on how to get different parts of the community involved, or the opportunity to chat through ways of responding to difficult situations. As well as some face-to-face contact (when possible), communities have ongoing access to support and advice via email and phone. Small quarterly grants are available to support local development work.


The final five communities are part of an active Truacanta Project Network, with opportunities to share with, learn from and problem-solve with each other.


Evaluation is an important part of the Truacanta Project, and the five communities receive support evaluating the impact of their work. Work is underway on overall evaluation of the Truacanta Project, with plans to add to the international body of literature relating to public health approaches to palliative care.

Evaluation is being led by Janet Biggar Research and you can read the interim report here.

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