DEMCOM: National Evaluation of Dementia Friendly Communities        

Research team  

University of Hertfordshire

Professor Claire Goodman, Dr Marina Buswell, Dr Andrea Mayrhofer, Dr Elspeth Mathie, Nicole Darlington

University of East Anglia

Professor Tony Arthur, Dr Chris Skedgel, Dr Anne Killett, Michael Woodward

University of Cambridge

Dr Louise Lafortune, Dr Stef Buckner


Brief overview of project:

A Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) can involve a wide range of people, organisations and geographical areas. A DFC recognises that it has a role to play in supporting the independence of people diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers.

Approximately 193 communities across England are formally recognised as working towards being dementia friendly.

DEMCOM is a project funded by Department of Health Policy Research Programme to undertake a national evaluation of Dementia Friendly Communities

The aim is to understand how different types of DFCs work, what is needed to sustain them and how they help different groups of people living with dementia and carers to live well.

A mixed method study it includes a literature review, linking population data on dementia prevalence with DFC activities and case studies of DFCs. The latter will pilot and test an adapted evaluation tool that is currently being used to evaluate age friendly cities.

People living with and affected by dementia are involved in all stages of the study.

This is a collaboration between three universities who are all part of the Collaboration for Leaderships in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East of England: University of Hertfordshire, University of East Anglia and University of Cambridge.

If you would like to be involved in our research, or would like more information, contact Nicole Darlington (Research Assistant) at



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This project is independent research commissioned and funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme (Dementia Friendly Communities: The DEMCOM evaluation, PR-R15-0116-21003). The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Department of Health.

Please download a poster for the study here:DEMCOM: National Evaluation of Dementia-Friendly Communities