METHODOLOGY


CDR products are derived from a wide variety of sources. The data is then analyzed by our expert staff before being presented to you in the custom formats that suit your needs.

Sources include:

  • All permit types applicable/available from local and state permitting agencies (spreadsheets, webpage searches, hand-written permits, etc).
  • Project advertisements.
  • Federal databases.
  • Calls to general contractors.
  • Calls to government agencies. 


Here’s how the data moves from all these sources through CDR and then to you: 


There are various ways to study a construction market, but no other method can provide CDR’s fully comprehensive, cost effective results.

Top-down research methods take state and national statistics and factor them down, but can only approximate local conditions. Meanwhile, statistical sampling cannot provide a true picture of your local market without being deployed at a level that is prohibitively expensive for most organizations.  


EVERY OTHER OPTION VS. CDR              

Laborer CountsTrade (Electrical) Permits OnlyStatistical Sampling (Phone and Other Surveys)Other Top-Down Derivations (Census Bureau’s CPIP, etc)
Continuous Improvement SupportX
Project-by-Project DetailsX
Track Competitors’ BehaviorX
Track Customers’ BehaviorX
Accurate Project $ EstimatesX
Timely DataX
Timely ResultsX
Raw Data Usable for Market RecoveryX
Track Contractors Entering MarketX
Accurate Overall $ EstimatesXX
Market Sectors (detailed)XX
Market Sectors (hi-level)XXXX
Share: % Union $XXXX
Share: % Union JobsXXX
Seen as UnbiasedXXX
ConsistentXXX
Unpermitted Work (e.g., Federal)?XXX
Share: % Union HoursX