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
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.
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 CRP 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.
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.
Senior Research Associate
With a background in planning and community development, Sarah leads projects that help agencies and community organizations understand their impact and the people they serve. These projects vary from program evaluations, to focus group facilitation, to mapping and neighborhood analysis, to development of surveys, data management systems, and visualizations.
Sarah’s clients include United Way of Central Ohio, Franklin County Children Services, Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Columbus Foundation, the City of Columbus, Community Properties of Ohio, and other regional public agencies and non-profits. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University.
Zafir is an undergraduate research intern at CRP. Currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Management Economics and Statistical Mathematics, Zafir aspires to continue to work in the field of Research and Data. He is very excited to be a part of the team at CRP. Zafir is from Pakistan and although he has enjoyed his time in the US, he misses his traditional food. Zafir is a passionate soccer player and loves talking about soccer. He also enjoys cooking and driving.
Our Board of Directors
Assistant Vice President, Marketing,
Private Retirement Plans
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
Director, Department of Neighboorhoods
City of Columbus
Audrey S. Regan, PhD
Sexual Health Promotion, Director
Columbus Public Health
Senior Legislative Advisor &
Director of Legislative Affaires
Columbus City Council
W. Randy Smith
Vice Provost for Academic Programs
The Ohio State University
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
Peggy Anderson, MSW, LISW-S
Chief Operating Officer
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