Diversity Research & Disparity Studies

The 1989 U.S. Supreme Court decision in City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson changed the landscape for minority- and woman-owned business programs, requiring that they meet a very high constitutional standard to be considered valid. Since that decision, BBC has conducted more than 100 disparity studies nationwide to help organizations implement effective minority- and woman-owned business programs in a legally-defensible manner.

Our methodology has been approved by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other authorities. We’re the national leader in conducting disparity studies, and we’re ready to help with your diversity needs.

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Litigation Support

BBC has an extensive understanding of the legal considerations that an organization has to make when implementing minority- and woman-owned business programs. We have expertise helping clients navigate such legal issues and providing litigation support when necessary. We’ve provided litigation support for several clients, and each time, we’ve helped them successfully defend their programs.

Policy & Research Expertise

BBC’s team of researchers have advanced degrees in public policy, social sciences, and other disciplines related to conducting disparity studies in a manner that meets the highest research, legal, and industry standards. We’ve leveraged that expertise to study business outcomes for minorities, women, and minority- and woman-owned businesses all across the country.

Program Development & Implementation

BBC works with all of our disparity study clients to provide thoughtful recommendations about how to take information from disparity studies to refine or build effective minority- and woman-owned business programs. We’ve helped develop such programs in connection with locally-funded contracting and federally-funded contracting that is subject to the Federal DBE Program.


Community Engagement to involve stakeholders via hearings, surveys, interviews, and focus groups.


Legal Analysis to inform our disparity study methodology and program guidance that we provide.


Policy Analysis to identify policies that discourage business participation and to provide guidance around best practices in contracting and diversity.


Program Development that provides guidance about how to use study information to refine business and diversity programs.


Qualitative Research to gather stakeholder insights about experiences working in the local market.


Quantitative Research to assess business participation and availability in agency contracting as well as barriers that exist in the local market.

Case Studies

Practice Area Leaders

Sameer Bawa, Ph.D.

Managing Director
303.321.2547 x247

Iris McClish

Managing Director
303.321.2547 x245

Kevin Williams

Managing Director
303.321.2547 x231

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