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:
- Case Western Reserve University (https://redcap.case.edu/):
- University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (https://redcap.uhhospitals.org/)
- Cleveland Clinic: email@example.com
- Metro: firstname.lastname@example.org
For details about the application or to access resources from the library go to:
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.