The Latin American Electronic Data Archive (LAEDA) project was launched in October, 2009, under a four year grant from the U.S. Department of Education.s Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) grant program. The TICFIA program provides grants to develop innovative techniques or programs that address national teaching and research needs in international education and foreign languages by using technology to access, collect, organize, preserve, and widely disseminate information on world regions and countries other than the United States.

The LAEDA project seeks to collect, preserve, and provide access to data sets relevant to Latin American research, policy analysis, and teaching. The focus of the collection is on electoral data, household surveys, and data relevant to public policy evaluation.

Data sets and related information collected as part of this project can be downloaded from the LAEDA collection in the University of Texas Digital Repository (UTDR).