Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is a secure online platform for building and managing surveys and databases. It is a highly regarded application for researchers due to its user-friendly functionality. No programming or database experience is needed to use the platform.

The power of REDCap

RED Cap logoOne of the main advantages of REDCap is the ease with which surveys can be completed. The process requires almost no training as questions can be answered with a point and a click. REDCap's functionality extends to conditional questions and complex logic, making it an excellent platform for various research projects. For those conducting longitudinal studies, REDCap can track and inquire about a group of participants over time, enabling researchers to gather important information and insights over an extended period.

In addition to its robust survey capabilities, REDCap provides several other features that make it a valuable tool. The platform includes automated export procedures, which makes it easy to download data to Excel and other standard statistical packages, such as SPSS, SAS, and Stata. REDCap also includes a built-in project calendar, a scheduling module, and ad hoc reporting tools designed to make the research process more efficient. REDCap offers advanced features such as branching logic, file uploading, and calculated fields.

Other notable features of REDCap include graphical data views, templates, auto-validation, and dynamic querying (SQL). These features help researchers to understand their data better and make more informed decisions.

Using REDCap

REDCap at AU is supported by the Research Office and is available to all faculty researchers at no charge. The solution can be categorized as "in kind" support for internal and external grant applications and research data management plans.

The Research Office and AU IT team are available to help researchers set up projects in REDCap and assist with implementing more complex functions.

Refer to our internal information and resources to learn more about its functionality and how to access REDCap.

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Updated June 20, 2024 by Digital & Web Operations (