The CC-IFS3 program was developed through 3 intersectoral activities, funded by the proposal development grant and leveraged funds:
1) Systematic reviews & synthesis research: We conducted 5 systematic, realist, and scoping reviews to examine the underlying global context for health-related climate change interventions and policies related to Indigenous food systems (click here to see methods). We also conducted meta-syntheses focused on our 3 partner regions using databases developed through our previous research (i.e. >4,000 respondents to longitudinal open cohort questionnaires, >500 interviews, and >240 focus groups), to characterize the role of gender, social inequities, adaptation, and Indigenous Knowledge at the climate-health-food nexus (click here to see methods and data sources).
2) Knowledge-user needs assessments: To develop a research program that responds to challenges and opportunities at the climate-food-health nexus, we conducted intersectoral needs assessments in each region via 6 workshops, 43 semi-structured interviews, 8 focus groups, and intersectoral discussions with governments, policy makers, public and private practitioners, and Indigenous community leaders (n=192 individuals). To solicit feedback from academics and practitioners, we chaired panel discussions at the Adaptation Futures (n=3) and Adaptation Canada (n=2) conferences, and organized 2 international workshops for faculty and students on community-based monitoring (n>25 people) and adaptation evaluation (n>20 people).
3) Synthesis and Proposal Development: We combined results from activities 1&2 to identify grand challenges and set an international research agenda to respond to climate change impacts on food-related Indigenous health outcomes. All team members met to discuss and rank priorities for research and knowledge translation, leading to the finalization of the research program proposal.