For over 18 years ARC personnel have been providing research and consulting services to government entities throughout the country. Over 10 years have been specifically focused on issues related to the implementation and evaluation of DBE, MWBE and S/LBE programs.
We would like to put our experience and expertise to work for you.
We have specialized on identifying, evaluating, collecting and preparing data for analysis in Disparity or Availability studies. In addition to this, we have served as assistant project director, supervisor and trainer, and assisted on all aspects of these studies. Due to this extensive experience, there are many other tasks that ARC can perform for you that will assist you in the management of your program or study.
Key areas in which ARC can support you:
Disparity analyses are time-consuming and expensive undertakings. We specialize in providing management support that can keep your efforts related to your DMWBE Program cost-effective and on-time.
Disparity/Availability studies are known for taking extended periods of time to complete. They are costly as well. We can help you streamline and economize the process of preparing for, soliciting and obtaining a Disparity or Availability study.
Contract data evaluation with our ARC Contract Data Report Card ©.
This will prove to be invaluable to you as you solicit for a Study; it will provide clear information that you can provide bidders about your data so that they can more accurately bid the project. More importantly, though, it will enable you to be a more informed consumer of these types of studies so that you can more clearly evaluate the proposals you do get.
Pre-disparity study preparation of all relevant contract data.
Consider the advantages of having your data collected and analyzed before a consultant is selected. We can identify the relevant data and prepare it for a study. You will be able to provide your consultant with complete contract data for them to use in their analysis – significantly reducing the time and cost of such a study.
Overseeing and auditing disparity study contractor performance.
We can be your liaison – we can manage the Study for you, keeping the project on schedule from the very beginning, obtaining and providing records or documents that your consultant needs, or identifying problems early on so that they can be addresses in a timely manner. Think of the value in having an experienced manager working for you to keep a study on schedule!
Preparation of RFP/RFQ and/or process management for solicitation of a Disparity or Availability Study.
ARC has participated or monitored hundreds of solicitations for Disparity or Availability studies. Ms. Stewart worked on the TRB report about Disparity studies, in particular on the section about RFPs and the process for soliciting for these studies. We have an extensive library of RFPs, RFQs and SOQs as well as proposals from many firms.
Because of our particular work in this area, we can assist you with your solicitation process. We can work with you to design a RFP that will elicit exactly the information you need to make the best decision about a consultant by assisting you with developing easily measurable evaluation criteria.
We can also help you with the process of receiving and evaluating entire proposals or focusing on compliance with AC/D/M/WBE goals and Good Faith Efforts requirements.
Disparity and Availability studies are highly specialized reports that consist of a great deal of detailed tasks. Each consultant claims that their work is different, and better, than all the others. With such a specialized field, with its own “language” and processes, you will be in a better position to make the best decision for your agency if you have someone helping to clarify exactly what the methodological differences between firms are, how they are similar and what each methodology will likely include as actual deliverables and analyses. We can help you be a more informed consumer, with clearer understanding and expectations of your study consultant.
Below are other areas ARC can assist you with:
Disparity study support services