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Frequently Asked Questions About Disparity Studies




ITD and BBC present answers to frequently asked questions regarding disparity studies.

Q. What is a Disparity Study?

A disparity study examines whether there are disparities, or differences, between:

The percentage of dollars that minority- and woman-owned businesses received on an
agency's prime contracts and subcontracts during a particular time period (referred to as

a utilization analysis);


The percentage of dollars that those firms would be expected to receive based on their

availability to perform on the agency's prime contracts and subcontracts (referred to as

an availability analysis).

In addition to utilization, availability, and disparity analyses, disparity studies examine other quantitative

and qualitative information regarding:

Legal considerations surrounding implementations of the Federal DBE Program and other small

business programs;


Conditions in the local marketplace for minorities, women, and minority- and woman-owned



Contracting practices and business assistance programs that the agency currently has in place;

Potential program measures for the agency to consider implementing as part of the federal

DBE Program or other small business programs.


Q. What will ITD do with information from the disparity study?

Information collected as a part of the 2016 ITD Disparity Study will inform its implementation of the federal

DBE program. In addition, the study will help ITD to monitor minority- and woman-owned business

participation on its contracts.

Among other information, the disparity study will provide ITD with an independent, objective review of

minority- and woman-owned business participation in its transportation-related construction and professional

services prime contracts and subcontracts. That information will be valuable to ITD's leadership and to external

groups that may be monitoring ITD's contracting practices. In addition, the study will provide insights about how

ITD might improve contracting opportunities for local small businesses, many of which are minority- or



Q. How can I participate in the disparity study process?

There are several ways in which you can participate in the 2016 ITD Disparity Study:

Share your experiences working in the local marketplace by submitting verbal testimony to .


Join us for a public meeting where you can learn more about the disparity study process, submit verbal

testimony, and ask questions. To find out when ITD and the BBC study team will be conducting a public

meeting near you, go to the Events page.


Respond to our requests to complete a survey, which will begin taking place in August 2016. If you are

a business owner in Idaho, you may be contacted as a part of the utilization or availability survey process.

If you are contacted for a survey, please help the study team by responding to the request in a timely manner.

Call us if you have any unanswered questions about the study.


Call us if you have any unanswered questions about the study.


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