More Information About REDCap

Vanderbilt Consortium

Developed at Vanderbilt in 2004 by Paul A. Harris and colleagues, and later supported by the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, REDCap was initially built to support research studies and operations. Their success is evidenced by REDCap's popularity and adoption in new areas. REDCap is currently used by millions of people at non-profit and academic centers around the world for research, quality improvement, clinical applications, health services management, training/education and more.

More information about the consortium can be found at the Vanderbilt website here

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a professionally-managed, secure system that you can use to support your data collection activities. With REDCap, you can design and control every aspect of your project including:

  1. Who has access to data
  2. What type of design to use
  3. How data is collected
  4. Whether to include restrictions and quality controls
  5. When to schedule events

Features of REDCap

REDCap’s features are driven by an engaged and vocal community of members within the consortium. REDCap is continually improving and periodically releases new features. When an upgrade is installed, you will receive an email notification detailing the updates. In addition, we will demonstrate new features during training sessions.

Here are a few of the high-utility features found in REDCap:

  • Online project design and data collection
  • Fast and flexible utility with conception to production-level database or survey capacity in less than one day
  • Multi-site access that can be used virtually anywhere
  • REDCap Mobile App tool for data collectors needing to capture data offline
  • Ability to import data collection forms from a large library of validated instruments including PROMIS© and Neuro-QoT Computerized Adaptive Tests (CAT)
  • Audit trails for granular field-level tracking of data manipulation and user activity
  • Automated export procedures to Excel/CSV, PDF, and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, R)
  • File upload fields
  • Action tags that perform a set of functions on data fields and survey pages
  • Ability to use ontologies for data field choices
  • A built-in project calendar
  • Contact list for survey respondents with automatic survey invitation and survey-specific email invitation fields
  • A scheduling module
  • Special characters and foreign language options for surveys and forms (e.g. Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese)
  • Ad hoc reporting tools
  • Advanced features such as branching logic, smart variables, piping, and calculated fields.