Informatics Team

Jonathan Haines, PhD, Director
Amy Merlino, MD, Co-Director
David Kaelber, MD, PhD, Co-Director

REDCap: Research Electronic Data Capture

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data, it is specifically geared to support online or offline data capture for research studies and operations.

It has many features, including: 

  • Secure and web-based
    Input data or build an online survey or database from anywhere in the world over a secure web connection with authentication and data logging.
  • Fully customizable
    You are in total control of shaping your database or survey.
  • Online or offline project design
    Online using the Online Designer or offline using a “data dictionary” template in Microsoft Excel that can be uploaded later into REDCap.
  • Fast and flexible
    Conception to production-level database or survey in less than one day.
  • Audit trails
    For tracking data manipulation and user activity.
  • Automated export procedures
    For seamless data downloads to Excel, PDF, and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R).
  • A built-in project calendar
  • A scheduling module
  • Ad hoc reporting tools
  • Many advanced features
    Such as branching logic, file uploading, and calculated fields.
  • Multi-site access
    REDCap databases/surveys can be used by researchers from multiple sites and institutions 

REDCap is available at no cost to CTSC members

Access REDCap by contacting the representative at the following institutions:

For details about the application or to access resources from the library go to Project REDCap.

Using REDCap?

If so, please cite its use. Vanderbilt recommends the following boilerplate language:

Study data were collected and managed using REDCap electronic data capture tools hosted at [YOUR INSTITUTION].1 REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies, providing: 1) an intuitive interface for validated data entry; 2) audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures; 3) automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages; and 4) procedures for importing data from external sources. 

1Paul A. Harris, Robert Taylor, Robert Thielke, Jonathon Payne, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Jose G. Conde, Research electronic data capture (REDCap) - A metadata-driven methodology and workflow process for providing translational research informatics support, J Biomed Inform. 2009 Apr;42(2):377-81.