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The Why and How of Disparity Studies. Insight for Economic Development – Inclusive Business Initiative Lessons from the Washington State Department of Transportation. Quick overview of what happened?. A Road Less Traveled (aka why did this happen to us?).

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the why and how of disparity studies

The Why and How of Disparity Studies

Insight for Economic Development – Inclusive Business Initiative

Lessons from the Washington State Department of Transportation

a road less traveled aka why did this happen to us
A Road Less Traveled (aka why did this happen to us?)
  • We had an approved DBE plan, written in accordance with the sample plan
  • We had never been told that we had to have a study
  • We weren’t setting goals on all projects
  • We were doing what every other state DOT was doing
  • The goal in question could have been adjusted
how have the other states in the 9 th circuit been impacted
How Have the Other States in the 9th Circuit Been Impacted?

Several states were impacted by the Western States Paving Decision.

Many of the states have either conducted or are in the process of conducting disparity studies:

Alaska Study in progress which includes airports. Currently operating RN at half of RC goal. Study not complete yet.

how have the other states in the 9 th circuit been impacted1
How Have the Other States in the 9th Circuit Been Impacted?

California Study completed in 2007. Requesting a waiver to exclude Hispanics.

Have received challenges about study from various groups. Not approved yet.

Idaho Study recommended a 10.5% RN goal with more focus on DBE Support Services. Evaluating study recommendations. Not approved yet.

how have the other states in the 9 th circuit been impacted2
How Have the Other States in the 9th Circuit Been Impacted?

Montana Montana Study draft was to be completed by April 2008. Delays due to data collection issues.

Nevada Study completed in 2007 resulting in a 5.7% RN goal. Not approved yet. NVDOT doesn’t set FAA goals.

how have the other states in the 9 th circuit been impacted3
How Have the Other States in the 9th Circuit Been Impacted?

Nevada (cont.)

McCarran Airport in Las Vegas is doing their own study.

Oregon Study completed in 2007. Waiver requested for RC goals fro African Americans and Asians at 1% for each group in construction only. Port of Portland doing Study. Not approved yet.

how have the other states in the 9 th circuit been impacted4
How Have the Other States in the 9th Circuit Been Impacted?

Washington Completed Availability Analysis in 2005. 18.77% overall goal (14.07% RC) Goal methodology & study approved. Looking for funding for next disparity study.

Hawaii Currently conducting a disparity study and have experienced delays due to collection issues.

helpful tips for dbe practitioners or other involved in conducting disparity studies
Helpful Tips for DBE Practitioners or Other involved in Conducting Disparity Studies
  • Do Self-Evaluation/What are Your Program Challenges?
  • Make the Case for What You Need
  • Stay Informed about DBE Program Updates
  • Get & Keep Your Data Straight!
helpful tips for dbe practitioners or other involved in conducting disparity studies1
Helpful Tips for DBE Practitioners or Other involved in Conducting Disparity Studies
  • Have a Plan for conducting a Study
    • Funding
    • Communication strategy

look for opportunities to communicate

    • Data collection
    • Consultation
helpful tips for dbe practitioners or other involved in conducting disparity studies2
Helpful Tips for DBE Practitioners or Other involved in Conducting Disparity Studies
  • Know Litigation Risk/Involve Legal Counsel
  • Know Your Limitations
  • Prepare for Public Records Requests
  • Keep Track of Complaints (Formal & Informal)
  • Remember importance of Title VI in DBE Program!