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About REDCap

What is REDCap?

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Using REDCap's stream-lined process for rapidly developing projects, you may create and design projects using 1) the online method from your web browser using the Online Designer; and/or 2) the offline method by constructing a 'data dictionary' template file in Microsoft Excel, which can be later uploaded into REDCap. Both surveys and databases (or a mixture of the two) can be built using these methods. REDCap provides audit trails for tracking data manipulation and user activity, as well as automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to Excel, PDF, and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R). Also included are a built-in project calendar, a scheduling module, ad hoc reporting tools, and advanced features, such as branching logic, file uploading, and calculated fields.

Who uses REDCap?

The REDCap Consortium is comprised of over 2,000 active institutional partners from around the world, and it supports a secure web application (REDCap) designed exclusively to support data capture for research studies. The REDCap application allows users to build and manage online surveys and databases quickly and securely, and is currently in production use or development build status for more than 300,000 projects with over 430,000 end-users spanning numerous research focus areas across the consortium.

To see all of the institutions hosting REDCap, visit the Project REDCap Consortium Partners page.

How can I get started with REDCap?

The CTSI has periodic training classes in the hospital library to help users get started with REDCap. Contact the CTSI REDCap team at ctsiredcap@wakehealth.edu to request more information.

Additionally, there are online tutorials hosted by the Project REDCap website.