Three Scale Research

Address Website
3220 Riverside Drive, Suite A-1
Columbus, OH 43221
Social Networks
Phone Contact
614/754-1022  Dr. Ron McChesney Ph.D.


To educate people of all ages and backgrounds in the subject areas of geography, health, history, and ecology.

2012 Accomplishments
  • We completed our Ohio Wetlands Interactive Map to build learning and appreciation of Ohio's wetland resources in alignment with Ohio's state curriculum standards for students in grades 5-6.

  • We supported the promotion of educational interactive mapping resources in our community and successfully launched a blog to support the promotion of our free, accessible interactive maps.

  • We successfully launched a Kickstarter fundraiser to fund the Ripley Ohio Underground Railroad Interactive Map.

2013 Goals
  • We will create an interactive map featuring a specific wetland area in all 50 states and create 12 interactive wetlands maps over the course of the current fiscal year.

  • We will create six interactive maps to tell historical stories that are important to the state of Ohio.

  • We will create six interactive health maps to serve and educate the central Ohio community about various health topics and community resources.


Three Scale Research is a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate individuals about geography, health, history, and ecology through the production of interactive video and audio maps. We produce highly engaging interactive maps utilizing video, image galleries, and audio. Founded in 2009 by a small team of geographers, we received 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt status in 2011. Since then, we have worked on contracted projects and grants with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Ohio State University, the John and Christine McChesney Foundation, the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation, and the Ohio Enviornmental Protection Agency. Unlike traditional static maps that are used for navigation purposes, the interactive quality of our maps engages users with discovery and unexpected learning content. We promote our educational maps as freely available to the general public through the Internet and digital embedding. To date, we have made thousands of maps and posted over 60 map stories on a variety of topics.

Statement from Dr. Ron McChesney Ph.D., Founder

As a Columbus-based nonprofit, we have the opportunity to create important interactive resources for our local community, the state of Ohio and the United States. Our vision is to create, promote, and maintain a series of hundreds of educational custom interactive maps that collectively comprise a national education resource constructed efficiently and at low cost when compared with almost any other project done at the national scale.

Three Scale Research

Dr. Ron McChesney Ph.D., Founder
Term Start 6/2009 
Compensated No 

Ron McCheseney is a geographer from Colorado. He attended Tulane University of Colorado and later the University of New Hampshire, where he received his master of economics degree. His thesis explored the use principle components and cluster analysis to map economic regions in the United States from 1962-93. Ron was chief financial officer of Sonitrol in California from 1985-93 and chief financial officer of a startup PatientCare Dynamics from 1996-99. In 2008, he earned his doctorate degree in geography. His 404 page dissertation was titled A Three Scale Metropolitan Change Model. In 2009, Ron developed Three Scale Strategy and Three Scale Research to promote education and research through interactive mapping.

Senior Staff
Ms. Emily Journey MSW, Director of Philanthropy

Emily Journey is director of philanthropy for Three Scale Research and serves as primary liaison to public foundations and charitable organizations. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Ohio Dominican University and her master of social work from The Ohio State Universiy. Emily is interested in the intersection of social media and charitable causes.

Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 16 
Staff Retention Rate:

Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Strategic Plan No

National Governing Board
Board Chair Dr. Ron McChesney Ph.D., Three Scale Strategy, LLC.
Board Chair Term 1/2011 - 1/2014  
Board Members
Mr. Grey Everson, Ohio Enviornmental Protection Agency  
Ms. Teresa Julian Ph.D., R.N., Ohio University  
Mr. Gary Shields, Community Volunteer  
Mr. Roy Strausbaugh Ph.D., Mercyhurst University  
Mr. Sudhir Thakur Ph.D., Sacramento State University  
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 80% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%
Gender Female 17%
  Male 83%
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 17%
  Caucasian 83%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
Mr. Porter Landreth CLU, CFP ,

Three Scale Research

Ohio Wetlands Interactive Map

Three Scale Research developed a free teaching tool for fifth and sixth grade educators. Complete with lesson plans, the Ohio Wetlands Interactive Map is free accessible to Ohio educators and the general public. This engaging map was created to build learning and appreciation of Ohio's wetland resources and is fully aligned with Ohio's state curriculum standards for students in grades 5-6.

Ohio Underground Railroad Interactive Map

Three Scale Research desires to share the untold story of the underground railroad in Ohio. We successfully launched a project to fund the Ripley Ohio Underground Railroad Interactive Map through the popular crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. The map is freely accessible to museums, educators, geneaolgists, and the general public. The map tells the story of Ohio's unsung heroes who engaged in illegal acts of civil disobedience through their participation in underground activities to help free slaves.

Three Scale Research
Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013
Projected Revenue $90,000
Projected Expense $54,000
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenue by Source
  2012   2011   2010  
Total Direct Support $12,701  $159,682 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $12,701  $159,682 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $1,793  $26,875 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues
Special Events
TOTAL REVENUE $14,494  $186,557 

Expense by Type
  2012   2011   2010  
Programs $124,518  $97,375 
Administration $1,777  $8,816 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $126,295  $106,191 

Assets and Liabilities
  2012   2011   2010  
Total Assets $50,367  $112,875 
Current Assets $49,711  $111,780 
Total Liabilities $81,802  $32,509 
Current Liabilities
NET ASSETS -$31,435  $80,366 

Financial Documents Available:

FY 2012
  • Form 990 or 990EZ
FY 2011
  • Form 990 or 990EZ
Dr. Ron McChesney Ph.D.

During FY09-11, we provided map-based research for The Ohio State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In FY11, we produced a series of park maps, and in FY12, our LLC developed a multi-platform interactive mapping product that we used to make an interactive map of the Ohio Underground Railroad and an interactive education map for Ohio Wetlands. These projects were funded by a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and the Ohio Enviornmental Protection Agency, but still resulted in a FY11-12 loss. For FY13, we have applied for grants from private foundations to fund a comprehensive set of interactive education maps in the areas of wetlands, community healthcare, and history.