About CommonThread

Vision Statement:

What do we hope to accomplish?
A community that is interconnected, capacity rich and efficient in implementing positive change.

What We Do:

Facilitate. Research. Act

Facilitate. Research. Act.
First we need to know what the issue is, what solution we are looking for or what it is we need to know (facilitate). We then need to spend time collecting that information and learning from/with the community (research) and finally we will have collected this information for a purpose and will use this information to act on community or organizational change (Act).

Facilitate: We help you identify priorities, work through organizational challenges and create applicable plans and programs to further the social missions you strive for.

How do we do this?

  • Strategic planning sessions
  • Facilitated Discussions to:
    • Develop collaborative skills
    • Build organizational capacity
  • Historical/environmental scans
  • etc.,

Research: We conduct participatory community based-research and evaluation with you to address specific issues, programs, projects and community outcomes.

How do we do this?

  • Evaluation
    • Utilization Focused Evaluation
    • Summative/Formative Evaluation
    • Empowerment Evaluation
  • Community-based research
  • Participatory-action research.

Act: We support organizations and other groups to implement appropriate action when working in the community.

How do we do this? – Each project will be unique.
Example actions may include:

  • Awareness campaigns or community events
  • Program or organizational change
  • Creative dissemination of results
  • Actions may be aimed at program, organizational or community level change.

Get in Touch

At Common Thread Consulting,
our vision is a community that is interconnected, capacity rich and efficient in implementing
positive change.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.


“There are many words to describe Natalie Brown – passionate, energetic, skilled, good-natured, committed, accountable – but when I think of my experience working with Natalie as we developed the Center for Community Research, Learning and Action at Wilfrid Laurier University, one word stands out: integrity. Natalie is of “sound construction”. She approaches community practice with honesty, solid principles, and a genuineness that is unmatched. She works hard, cares deeply about the work and she values relationships above all else. I could always count on her to get things done right and with care. I certainly wish there were two of Natalie so I could leave one in Kitchener-Waterloo and bring one to work with me at my new home at the University of Miami. She’s a fantastic community researcher and action partner and I have been unsuccessful in my attempts to replace her.”
by Dr. Scot Evans, Professor at the University of Miami