This page serves as a reference for those unfamiliar with the Monitoring Data for ECA (MODE) Framework or who would like general information about the results framework.  If you are an ECA applicant and/or current award recipient looking for more specific information on integrating the MODE Framework into your programs, please find a detailed explanation of relevant resources on this page.

Introduction to the MODE Framework
The MODE Framework is the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ standardized, Bureau-wide results framework.  The MODE Framework features a common set of goals, objectives, and indicators across ECA programs that help measure and show the collective impact of ECA’s efforts. The objectives in the results framework align with ECA’s Functional Bureau Strategy (FBS) and the National Security Strategy, while each performance indicator has corresponding data collection questions which facilitate uniform data collection, validity, and reliability. Designed to track program performance and the direction, pace, and magnitude of change for ECA programs, the MODE Framework strengthens the Bureau’s feedback mechanisms and supports more effective programming.

The MELI Unit worked closely and collaboratively with ECA program teams, senior leadership, award recipients, regional Bureaus, and select Embassies to develop the MODE Framework and ensure it reflects the Bureau’s data needs. The MODE Framework allows ECA to standardize and utilize its data in the following ways:

  • Assess data and performance metrics to enhance program performance;
  • Inform strategic planning activities at the Bureau, division, and individual program levels;
  • Supplement the information ECA Program Officers receive from their award recipients and exchange participants to provide a comprehensive view of programmatic activities;
  • Respond quickly and reliably to ad-hoc requests from Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and internal Department of State stakeholders.

Data Collection
Data collection for the MODE Framework concentrates on three primary audiences: program participants, program alumni, and host communities including host families and institutions.  ECA award recipients are responsible for collecting and reporting data on program participants as part of their awards. After an initial pilot period, ECA is now in the process of incorporating the MODE Framework into all solicitations.

The MELI Unit is responsible for surveying alumni as well as home and host communities following the conclusion of their programs.  Alumni are surveyed one, three, five and 10 years after program participation, while host/home communities are surveyed one year after their hosting experience. Post-program data collection allows ECA to have a better understanding of the long-term effects of program on all stakeholders: alumni, host communities, and home communities.

Please see the list of the most relevant MODE resources below. A complete list of MODE Framework reference and guide documents can also be found here, and a detailed explanation the implementation process for applicants and award recipients is available here.