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Data Analytics

The Data Analytics Master Contract Program is premised on the idea that the use of data analytics unlocks insight, supporting the State's commitment to informed, data-driven decision-making to assure resources are properly managed. It allows agencies and members of the State's Cooperative Purchasing Venture to discover cost-saving opportunities, promote efficiencies and achieve quality improvements and empowers them to take optimal advantage of their data-rich environments to better achieve critical objectives. Whether engaged in preventing and detecting fraud, promoting operational efficiencies, enhancing tax compliance and revenue collections or working to better understand the needs of its customers, the use of data analytics is key to fulfilling the obligation to deliver better government. This Program is available for use by State of Minnesota agencies and other government units eligible under the state's Cooperative Purchasing Venture (CPVs) established pursuant to Minnesota Statute § 16C.03, subdivision 10. Entities eligible to participate under the cooperative purchasing venture are described in Minnesota Statute § 16C.105
While the primary objective of the Program is to provide a quick means of purchasing the above-referenced services, the Program provides several additional benefits, including:
  • Administrative Efficiency (contracts are already in place);
  • Cost Avoidance (leveraging economies of scale);
  • Quality Assurance (pre-qualified contractors); and
  • Speed and Administrative Ease (a streamlined process).
The following contractors have been awarded master contracts in three different categories. Click on the category to see eligible Contractors. Select contractor name to review contractor-specific information and cost data.

How do I utilize the program?

First, determine your eligibility to use the program. You must be a state agency or a member of the State's Cooperative Purchasing Venture (CPV) program. Second, determine the estimated total cost of the transaction. For transactions estimated to cost up to $100,000, including amendments, a user may select directly from the list of eligible master contract holders using the Engagement Request (ER) method. The ER method is a simple process allowed when a transaction will not exceed $100,000 in total cost. For transactions estimated to cost in excess of $100,000, including amendments, a user is required to competitively select a contractor using the "Call Method." A "Call Method" is a simple process in which the user "calls" for proposals or responses from three or more master contract holders eligible to perform the service defined in the "Call." For best results and value, a user may also consider using the Call method to select a contractor regardless of estimated dollar value, including transactions estimated to cost $100,000 or less.
Transactions up to and including $100,000
For transactions estimated to cost up to and including $100,000 (including anticipated amendments), State Agencies and CPV Members are allowed to use the direct selection method.
Transactions In Excess of $100,000 
For transactions estimated to cost up to and including $100,000 (including anticipated amendments), State Agencies and CPV Members must follow a competitive process in which a minimum of three contractors in the service category are provided an opportunity to submit a proposal to perform the work. 
Reporting (State Agencies Only)
Minnesota Statute § 16C.08, subdivision 4(c) requires state agencies, upon completion of a professional/technical services contract in excess of $25,000, to submit a one-page report summarizing the purpose of the contract, identifying the amount spent on the contract, and evaluating the work completed by the contractor. Reports can be completed online on the PT Evaluation Secure page. The reporting requirement does not apply to users other than Minnesota state agencies.
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