Focusing on ODOT contracts awarded between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2014, the study confirms a disparity of utilization. In other words, the percentage of contracting dollars received by minority and woman-owned businesses is disproportionate to their availability in the current marketplace.
In comparing utilization to availability, the study team established a scale of 100, in which any score below 100 would indicate disparity, and any score below 80 represents disparity to negative impact. Across six categories of woman- and minority-owned businesses, Ohio averaged a disparity index of 79, with the following DBE category scores:
Hispanic American: 21
Black American: 31
Asian Pacific American: 41
Native American: 105
White Woman: 118
Subcontinent Asian American: 200+
The 2015-16 Disparity Study Final Report is a thorough 516-page report, complete with an executive summary and numerous appendices, and it is available for download here.