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 College of Public Affairs) 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
Analysis of client records and large population data sets
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
AssistAnt Director, Quality Assurance
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.
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.
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.
Genna is a research associate at Thoughtwell and earned a Master’s Degree in Sociology. Her background in Sociology and Gender studies provides a unique perspective on data collection and analysis with a focus on an individual’s experience with inequality related to their gender and sexuality. Her belief is that social change is powerful on all levels and data creates a pathway to help build stronger communities. In her free time, Genna teaches Sociology at Columbus State Community College and goes for runs with her two dogs, Charleigh and Sally.
Graham comes to Thoughtwell with a humanities background, having earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and Oakland University. Since graduating, he has written musical shows for Cedar Fair, taught at the collegiate level for two years, performed over 1,000 concerts, and was a lead performer on two national tours of Japan as part of the Emmy and Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Blast!”
Graham brings an enthusiasm for high-quality research to Thoughtwell.
Senior Research Associate
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 Thoughtwell can be useful in ensuring community involvement in program development.
director of operations
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.
Senior Research Associate
Lathania Butler is a Senior Research Associate at Thoughtwell. Prior to joining Thoughtwell, she earned her doctoral degree in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University. Her blend of academic and non-academic research experience has equipped her with the skills necessary to tackle complex data challenges to harvest simple, useful insights. Lathania is excited to partner with organizations exploring new ideas for tackling age old problems. When she is not working, she is watching sports; laughing with friends; listening to reggae; or eating jerk chicken.
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.
Senior Research Associate
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 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.
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
Director, Data & Mapping
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
Columbus Department of Development
Community Partnerships Coordinator
Franklin County Board of Commissioners
Deborah J. Mitchell, PhD
Department of Marketing and Logistics
Fisher College of Business
Michelle Vander Stouw
Audrey S. Regan, PhD
Sexual Health Promotion, Director
Columbus Public Health
Senior Legislative Advisor &
Director of Legislative Affaires
Columbus City Council
Peggy Anderson. MSW, LISW-S
Chief Operating Officer
Senior Strategic Advisor
Council of Development Finance Agencies
Robert T. Greenbaum, PhD
John Glenn School of Public Affairs and Associate Director
Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
Kooperman Menten Ferguson Yaross
Robert Gitter, PhD
Professor of Economics
Ohio Weselyn University
Community Shelter Board
Deputy County Administrator
for Regional Collaboration
Franklin County Commissioners