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City of Kansas City Missouri Workforce Disparity Study

City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) commissioned Keen Independent to conduct a workforce disparity study. The study examines hiring, retention, recruitment, membership and termination practices, of KCMO Metropolitan construction contractors, labor organizations and non-labor organizations. David Keen and Annette Humm Keen, Keen Independent Principals, are leading this assignment. They are joined by LMG Professional Services, Parson & Associates and Rosales Law Partners.

KCMO initiated the Workforce Disparity Study in April 2018. Keen Independent will complete a draft report by December 2019.

More information can be found on the study webpage here.

Hawaii Department of Transportation DBE Availability and Disparity Study

Keen Independent is conducting the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) DBE Availability and Disparity Study. This study examines HDOT’s contracting and subcontracting policies, procedures and practices relative to the solicitation of, and participation by DBEs in USDOT funded contracts. David Keen and Annette Humm Keen, Keen Independent Principals, are leading this assignment. They are joined by Spire Hawaii, Pauline Worsham Marketing, Donald Enterprises, Abaci Research & Consulting,
Holland & Knight LLP and Customer Research International.

HDOT initiated the DBE Availability and Disparity Study in March 2018. Keen Independent will complete a draft report by summer of 2019.

Keen Independent releases one of the nation’s largest disparity studies ever

In the News … Keen Independent releases one of the nation’s largest disparity studies ever conducted!

Draft disparity study reports are posted for nine participating entities in Minnesota including: State of Minnesota Department of Administration, MnDOT, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Hennepin County, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Metropolitan Council and Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. For more visit: 2017 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study

Keen Independent State DOT and DBE Survey

Keen Independent is working with the Transportation Research Board, Federal Highway Administration and state departments of transportation to learn more about the most successful and competitive Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and what state DOTs have done to help them. The results of this research may be published and made available to USDOT, state DOTs and others to reinforce and expand programs to help DBEs.

Keen Independent is reaching out to all state DOTs and to individual DBEs to get their opinions of what works and what can be improved.

Our first step is to identify successful DBEs in each state and compile information on the programs that might have helped them be successful. For example, we are asking DBEs:

  • What type of work do they perform and how long have they been in business?
  • Did any state DOT or other assistance programs contribute to their success?
  • If they could improve their state DOT’s operation of the Federal DBE Program to help more DBEs be more successful, what would it be?

All responses will be reported in aggregate.

To learn more go to http://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=4261.

Santa Clara County Dichotomy Study

In September 2017, David Keen and Annette Humm Keen presented research results to the work2future board of directors from Keen Independent’s study on issues of poverty and workforce development in a county where the dichotomy in incomes and opportunity are extreme. As part of this study, Keen Independent examined paths to emerging from economic distress among Latino, Vietnamese American and Filipino American immigrants, African Americans and young adults residing in Santa Clara County, California. As part of this research, Keen Independent identified barriers to workforce development related to limited English language proficiency, education, skills-training, transportation, time available for training and discrimination. Keen Independent provided work2future options for how to address these barriers.

State of Minnesota and eight local agencies jointly conducting disparity studies

2017 Minnesota Disparity Study

Nine state and local government agencies in Minnesota have come together to analyze whether there is a level playing field for minority- and woman-owned firms in the local marketplace. Participating entities include the State of Minnesota, City of Minneapolis, City of St. Paul, Hennepin County and the local transit and airport authorities. The study launched in June 2016 and will be completed in late 2017. It is one of the largest disparity studies conducted since the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court’s Croson decision that created the need for such studies.

2017 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study [PDF]

http://www.mn.gov/admin/disparity-study/