What is REDCap?

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

REDCap allows you to collect, store, organize, report, clean, and export data for analysis.

If you are not familiar with REDCap you may be interested in the following short videos:

  • Brief Overview of REDCap (5 min)
  • Detailed Overview of REDCap (14 min)
  • Learn more about REDCap

    How does REDCap work?

    REDCap is accessible through an internet connection with data securely stored on a cloud-based server. You can work on it using a desktop, laptop or mobile device.

    Data can be collected through direct data entry, a survey function, or automated data import. Data can be exported in common formats including statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata and R), CSV, Excel, and CDISC ODM.

    In situations where the internet is not available, you can collect data using the REDCap Mobile App. The REDCap Mobile App allows you to collect and temporarily store data offline on an iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android device and upload it onto the server once an internet connection is available.

    Who can use it?

    Anyone with a valid Yale NetID can access and use REDCap. This does not include people responding to surveys; they do not need a Yale NetID.

    The Principal Investigator, i.e. the Account-Owner, must be a Yale University employee, faculty, staff, or student. If you are a Yale New Haven Health System employee and want to be the Account-Owner, please click here for more information.

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    May I try REDCap without opening an account?

    Yes, absolutely.

    If you would like to evaluate it before committing to an arrangement, a REDCap trial account is available through Vanderbilt University.

    Is it secure?

    Yes, but safeguards are needed at the system-level AND the project-level.

    We have worked hard to create a robust, secure, and professionally-managed infrastructure. REDCap is a HIPAA-compliant system approved by the Yale Information Security Office (ISO) for the highest level of Protected Health Information (PHI) security (“3 Lock”). However, system-level requirements are only half of the equation; there are things that you must do as the owner of the REDCap project. Fortunately, REDCap includes useful tools and features that can be used to help manage and protect your data.

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    Maintenance Schedule

    REDCap@Yale is unavailable between 6:00 - 9:00 AM Eastern Time (UTC-5) on the last Friday of every month.

    This schedule allows us to maintain and upgrade REDCap to continually improve the system. When upgrades have been installed, we will send you an email to let you know what new features are available. It's always exciting to find out what the developers at Vanderbilt have incorporated!