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Disparity Study

speaker before a groupThe City of San Diego has commissioned BBC Research & Consulting to conduct a Disparity Study to assess whether minority-, woman- and disabled veteran-owned businesses face any barriers as part of the City of San Diego’s contracting processes. Information from the study will help the City assess its efforts to encourage the participation of minority- and woman-owned businesses in local contracts and help inform any refinements that the City might make to its implementation of the City’s Equal Opportunity Contracting Program or state-level contracting policies. 

Study Analyses

The Disparity Study will focus on construction; professional services; and goods and other services contracts and procurements that the City awarded between July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2019. The crux of the disparity study will be to examine whether there are any disparities between:

  • The percentage of contract dollars that the City spent with minority- and woman-owned businesses during the study period (utilization); and
  • The percentage of contract dollars that minority-, woman- and disabled veteran-owned businesses might be expected to receive based on their availability to perform specific types and sizes of City contracts (availability).

The study will also examine other qualitative and quantitative information related to:

  • Legal considerations surrounding the City’s implementation of the Equal Opportunity Contracting Program;
  • Marketplace conditions for minorities; women; and minority- and woman-owned businesses;
  • Contracting policies and business assistance programs that the City currently has in place; and
  • Program measures for the City to consider implementing to further encourage minority- and woman-owned business participation.

Study Schedule

BBC initiated the disparity study in January 2020 and will complete the study at the end of January 2021. View the PDF icon Study Schedule

Study Progress

The City will provide regular updates about BBC’s progress on the disparity study throughout its course. Please check back periodically for those updates.

Project Initiation

The City and BBC initiated the disparity study in January 2020 with a series of meetings with various City departments and representatives. BBC met with the City to introduce the study; answer questions; and begin the process of understanding contracting and vendor data that state agencies maintain.

Data Collection

BBC has begun working with City staff to collect data on contracts that the City awarded during the study period as well as information about the vendors that participated in those contracts.

Next Steps

BBC will engage in the following disparity study tasks in the coming months:

  • Community meetings. The project team will conduct four community meetings in the City of San Diego. During the community meetings, BBC will present information about the disparity study; answer any questions; and solicit participants for any verbal or written testimony that they would like to share regarding their experiences working in the local marketplace. Please participate and make sure your insights are included as part of the study process!
  • Data collection. The project team will continue to work with the City to collect data on contracts that they awarded during the study period and the vendors that participated in those contracts.
  • Data analysis. The project team will begin analyzing data that it collects from the City. BBC will begin assessing the subindustries that account for most state contracting; the geographical area that is most relevant to city contracting; and the percentage of total contract dollars thatminority-, woman- and disabled veteran-owned businesses received on city prime contracts and subcontracts during the study period.
  • Availability surveys. The project team will begin conducting availability surveys with businesses in the relevant geographic market area that perform work that is relevant to state contracting. If we contact your business, please participate in the survey process to help ensure an accurate and comprehensive survey process!