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Background The Centre for Health Service Development (CHSD) was appointed as the National Evaluation Team (NET) to undertake a formative and summative evaluation of the Care Planning Sub- Program of the Local Palliative Care Grants Program (LPCGP). The Care Planning Evaluation Framework developed by CHSD included tools for examining sustainability, capacity building, generalisability, dissemination of lessons and system level impacts and outcomes of the projects. Thoroughly investigating these areas of change as a result of the efforts of the projects is an important undertaking as it touches on some of the main aims of any reform process: effectively building communities of practice; improving the different levels of continuity; and avoiding the threats to local integration inherent in short-term pilot projects. To bring these issues into focus and to draw out lessons for subsequent rounds of the Program, the evaluation framework included exit interviews with each of the 33 project officers at the conclusion of their project.