Minority Contracting Programs: A Critical Juncture of Public Policy, Administration, Law, and Statistics.
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The challenge of advancing policy goals and public administration is compounded when legal compliance rests on data and complex analysis. This is true of disparity studies that support local government-sponsored minority contracting programs. How can local governments prepare to work with such programs in this complex environ- ment? The authors analyze several court cases challenging minority contracting programs and illustrate the diﬃculty of administering public programs at the juncture of
public policy goals, subtle changes in law, and demands for quality statistical analysis. Many public agencies, especially at the local level, are not prepared to address the data requirements demanded by these programs. To help with this challenge, the authors develop a set of guiding principles to help practitioners satisfy the legal require- ments and meet the policy goals of minority contracting and similar programs. This includes a new emphasis on continuous gathering of valid, local-level data.
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