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2017 Metro Draft Disparity Study


Report Section Section Title Section Description
Chapter ES Executive Summary Summary of key information from the 2017 Metro Disparity Study, including: analysis in the disparity study; utilization and disparity analysis results; overall DBE Goal; program implementation; and qualitative research results summary.
Chapter 1 Introduction Introduction of the 2017 Metro Disparity Study, including background, study scope, and study team members.
Chapter 2 Legal Analysis Summary of legal analysis including program elements and legal standards.
Chapter 3 Marketplace Conditions Examination of local marketplace conditions, primarily related to human capital, financial capital, business ownership, and success of businesses.
Chapter 4 Collection and Analysis of Contract Data Overview of the policies that LA Metro uses to award contracts, the contracts that the study team analyzed as part of the disparity study, and the process that the study team used to collect relevant prime contract and subcontract data.
Chapter 5 Availability Analysis Analysis of the availability of minority- and woman-owned businesses that are ready, willing, and able to perform on LA Metro construction, professional services, and goods and other services prime contracts and subcontracts.
Chapter 6 Utilization Analysis Presents information about the participation of minority- and woman-owned businesses in construction, professional services, and goods and other services contracts that LA Metro awarded between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015
Chapter 7 Disparity Analysis Comparison of the participation of minority- and woman-owned businesses on transportation contracts that the LA Metro awarded between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015 (i.e., the study period) to what those businesses might be expected to receive based on their availability for that work.
Chapter 8 Further Exploration of Disparities Further exploration of the disparities that the study team observed between the participation and availability of minority- and woman-owned businesses.
Chapter 9 Overall DBE Goal Provides information that Metro might consider as part of setting its new overall DBE goal.
Chapter 10 Program Measures Examination of race- and gender-neutral measures and race- and gender-conscious measures, narrow tailoring, and making projections.
Chapter 11 Program Implementation Reviews information relevant to the LA Metro's implementation of specific components of the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)-funded contracts.
Appendix A Definition of Terms Defines terms that are useful to understanding the 2017 LA Metro Disparity Study report.
Appendix B Legal Framework and Analysis Provides a detailed analysis of the legal framework for the disparity study as applicable to the 2017 LA Metro Disparity Study.
Appendix C Quantitative Marketplace Analysis In-depth analysis of marketplace data in LA County and the U.S. as a whole.
Appendix D Qualitative Information about Marketplace Conditions Describes the public engagement process used for the 2017 LA Metro Disparity Study, and presents the qualitative information that the study team collected and analyzed as part of the public engagement process.
Appendix E General Approach to Availability Analysis Details of study team's general approach to collecting availability information; development of the business establishments list; development of the survey instrument; execution of surveys; and additional considerations related to measuring availability.
Appendix F Disparity Tables Detailed disparity data results.
Appendix G Best Practices for Mega Projects and Public Private Partnership Projects Includes strategies and efforts to reduce barriers for small businesses; enable their success on projects; and build their capacity for growth, particularly when working in a mega project or P3.
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