“We’re pleased to release the Disparity Study results to the Governor’s Commission on Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises,” said Jessica Robertson, IDOA Commissioner. “These results will allow IDOA to continue our efforts to ensure equal access and opportunity for minority- and women- owned businesses in state contracting.”
The study examined the availability of minority- and women-owned businesses for state contracts and compared those data to the actual utilization of minority- and women-owned businesses in state contracting to determine if any disparities exist. BBC Research & Consulting conducted the study on behalf of the state of Indiana and examined contract data for construction, professional services and goods and supplies from July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2013. State statute requires that a disparity study be completed every five years.
Study participants included the Indiana Department of Administration, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indianapolis Airport Authority, Hoosier Lottery and each of the seven state educational institutions – Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University, University of Southern Indiana and Vincennes University.
Key findings from IDOA’s disparity study include:
The disparity index across combined sectors of construction, professional services and goods
and supplies is 93, indicating near parity in the utilization of minority- and women-owned
businesses across the state.
The disparity index for Public Works contracts—on which the state did not enforce the use of
MBE/WBE contract goals during the study period—is 37, indicating a substantial disparity
between the utilization and availability of minority- and women-owned businesses.
Four groups exhibited no disparities when considering all contracts together – white women-
owned businesses, Asian Pacific American-owned businesses, Hispanic American-owned businesses and Native American-owned businesses