Thoughtwell
Community Research Partners is now Thoughtwell.

About

We are Thoughtwell.

 

History

Thoughtwell started with an idea – the idea that we need high quality data to inform the conversation, whether that conversation is about health, housing, economics, education, workforce development or neighborhood change. Thoughtwell was created to undertake cutting-edge research, evaluation, and community data work to support human services and community development programming, with a goal of measuring the community impact.

An initial conversation between United Way of Central Ohio, the City of Columbus and the newly-formed John Glenn Institute (now the John Glenn School of Public Policy) at The Ohio State University resulted in our unique partnership in 2000. In 2001, Thoughtwell hired its first executive director and became an independent 501(c)(3). In 2006, Franklin County joined the partnership.

Since its inception, Thoughtwell's professional staff, working in collaboration with a network of university and consultant partners, has undertaken hundreds of projects for public sector, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations within and outside of central Ohio. In doing this work, Thoughtwell has built a reputation for high-quality, highly usable work that supports planning, policy, and action.

 

A Fresh start

Previously known as Community Research Partners (CRP), we changed our name upon a rebrand journey with refreshed focus.

Services and Programs

  • Social, demographic, economic, and property data collection and analysis

  • Focus groups, surveys, interviews, and case studies

  • Literature review and best practices research

  • Research and evaluation plans, tools, and methods

  • Process and outcome evaluation studies

  • Review of program records, policies, and procedures

  • Database development

  • GIS Mapping

  • Analysis of client records and large population data sets

  • Web-based tools

  • Reports and presentations tailored to a range of audiences

  • Participation in dialogues on community data, research, and evaluation topics

  • Facilitation of planning processes and program design

  • Training and technical assistance

 

 

Our Team

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AssistAnt Director, Quality Assurance

Becky Zwickl

Becky is focused on continuously improving the quality and usefulness of the reports Thoughtwell delivers. If something can be tracked in a spreadsheet, she is probably tracking it. Becky has a background in public health, with a focus on infectious disease epidemiology, and especially likes contributing to health-related projects. Becky is also an avid Michigan fan but tries not to insert “go blue!” into too many conversations here in Columbus.

 
 
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Research Associate

Bruce Jones

Bruce holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, which allows him to fully understand just how vital the data we collect, analyze, and share are when it comes to developing strategic action plans and policies that support the overall vitality of the places we call home. Since joining Thoughtwell, Bruce continues to devote his work towards strengthening and building strong communities for tomorrow. A lover of cartography, Bruce also enjoys building and designing various types of maps in his spare time. It is his belief that maps simply illustrate the stories we tell through data.

 
 

Engagement Coordinator

Curtis Brown

Curtis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Curtis has had the opportunity to teach leadership and character building to young people across the country. He is also very active in his community and is a strong advocate for data driven results to help improve communities. A lover of all things music, Curtis also enjoys adjudicating band and choir contests in his spare time. It is his belief that music has the power to reach the heart, mind and spirit to create positive conversation and ultimately positive change.

 
 
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Senior Research Associate

Jacob Cunliffe

Jake has led an evaluation of a child development program (United Way’s Columbus Kids) and an assessment of strategies for the City to encourage young professionals to move to Columbus (Create Columbus Commission). He has also worked alongside colleagues on projects for the City, JFS, and FCCS. Jake’s research and professional background sparked his interest in local economic development and the importance of local people as stakeholders in development. Jake hopes his research at CRP can be useful in ensuring community involvement in program development.

 
 
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director of operations

Kathryn Wiley

Kathryn brings a background in banking, education, and social services to our office. She is active in the community and has a passion for a work environment that is positive, organized, and efficient. Kathryn lived in the Cleveland area and has a Master’s of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University. She is a world traveler and in addition to a commitment to smooth office operations, she is open to considering trips anywhere, any time.

 
 

EXECUTIVE Director

Lynnette Cook

Lynnette has 20 years of work experience, and with each role, her primary focus has been convening diverse individuals and leading the group to consensus. If you ask, she’ll tell you that nobody ever really accomplishes anything by themselves, but she also understands that credibility is essential, and one way to gain (at least initial) credibility is to demonstrate previous success. Lynnette has a Bachelor's degree from Ohio State in psychology, as well as a Master's and doctorate in Social Psychology from UNC - Chapel Hill. She really truly believes data are interesting, and in her spare time she teaches psychology and creativity classes at OSU.

 
 
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Senior Research Associate

Marc Rostan

Marc joined Thoughtwell/CRP in April 2016. Coming from a background in city planning and community development, he is passionate about making the places we live more equitable, sustainable, and fun. In realizing improvements, he believes in the role of a researcher to know data across multiple topics to accurately tell the story so far, and bringing it to stakeholders for them to make the most informed decision possible. Marc lives in Old North Columbus with his cat, Fritz.

 
 

Director, Research & Data Services

Megan Johanson

Megan is Thoughtwell’s Director of Research and Data Services, and is responsible for ensuring clients receive high quality products to guide decision making. She has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Delaware, resulting in a strong research methodology background. Megan uses this experience to design comprehensive research projects across diverse topic areas including health, housing, education, and workforce to help clients better understand their communities. Megan’s priority is making data understandable and useful for everyone.

 
 
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Research Intern

Nicholas Julian

While serving as Research Intern at Thoughtwell, Nicholas is pursuing a Master of City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University.  Having lived in Columbus his entire life, Nicholas’ experiences have led him to study community development with a passion for sustainability.  The community research tasks Nicholas undertakes at Thoughtwell provide an excellent foundation for the necessary community involvement relevant to city planning and his future career goals.  In his free time, Nicholas enjoys all things music; going to local shows, jamming with his friends, and discovering new artists to listen to – look out for Nicholas at your next concert!

 
 

 

Our Board of Directors

Kristi Rodriquez
Assistant Vice President, Marketing,
Private Retirement Plans
Nationwide

Aaron Schill
Director, Data & Mapping
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Steven Schoeny
Director
Columbus Department of Development

Dayna McCrary
Community Partnerships Coordinator
Franklin County Board of Commissioners

Deborah J. Mitchell, PhD
Department of Marketing and Logistics
Fisher College of Business

Michelle Vander Stouw
Principal
OnPointe

Carla Williams-Scott
Director, Department of Neighboorhoods
City of Columbus

Audrey S. Regan, PhD
Sexual Health Promotion, Director
Columbus Public Health

Edward Johnson
Senior Legislative Advisor &
Director of Legislative Affaires
Columbus City Council

PRESIDENT

W. Randy Smith
Vice Provost for Academic Programs
The Ohio State University

TREASURER

Mark Barbash
Senior Strategic Advisor
Council of Development Finance Agencies

SECRETARY

Robert T. Greenbaum, PhD
John Glenn School of Public Affairs and Associate Director
Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

BOARD CHAIRS

Peggy Anderson, MSW, LISW-S
Chief Operating Officer
Equitas Health

Lesley Armour
Partner
Kooperman Menten Ferguson Yaross

Robert Gitter, PhD
Professor of Economics
Ohio Weselyn University

Michelle Heritage
Executive Director
Community Shelter Board

Erik Janas
Deputy County Administrator
for Regional Collaboration
Franklin County Commissioners