Data Management

A core service of our center is data management. Currently, we are assisting researchers with over 500 projects through a secure web application called REDCap (short for Research Electronic Data Capture) for building databases and online surveys. Our expertise centers on REDCap, but we are versed in many solutions — all in compliance with HIPAA, FDA’s CFR Title 21 Part 11, FISMA, and NIST standards. We offer training in use of the software, which is free for any research project UD is involved in.

To request access to REDCap, you must be a UD faculty, staff, student or have UD affiliation. Click on the button REDCap Support to request a REDCap account.

About Our Toolbox

REDCap is CHRC’s primary platform for building and managing online databases and surveys but is not our only tool in our toolbox. REDCap’s streamlined process for rapidly creating and designing projects offers a vast array of tools that can be tailored to virtually any data collection strategy.

REDCap provides automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to Excel and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R), as well as a built-in project calendar, a scheduling module, ad hoc reporting tools, and advanced features, such as branching logic, file uploading, and calculated fields.

Learn more about REDCap by watching a brief summary video (4 min). If you would like to view other quick video tutorials of REDCap in action and an overview of its features, please see the Training page.


REDCap Features

REDCap 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 in any environment, it is specifically geared to support online and offline data capture for research studies and operations. Review REDCap’s features below:

Build online surveys and databases quickly and securely in your browser – Create and design your project using a secure login from any device. No extra software required. Access from anywhere, at any time.

Fast and flexible – Go from project creation to starting data collection in less than one day. Customizations and changes are possible any time, even after data collection has begun.

Advanced instrument design features – Auto-validation, calculated fields, file uploading, branching/skip logic, and survey stop actions.

Diverse and flexible survey distribution options – Use a list of email addresses or phone numbers for your survey respondents and automatically contact them with personalized messages, and track who has responded. Or create a simple link for an anonymous survey for mass email mailings, to post on a website, or print on a flyer.

Data quality – Use field validation, branching/skip logic, and Missing Data Codes to improve and protect data quality during data entry. Open data queries to automatically identify and resolve discrepancies and other issues in real-time.

Custom reporting – Create custom searches for generating reports to view aggregate data. Identify trends with built-in basic statistics and charts.

Export data to common analysis packages – Export your data as a PDF or as CSV data for easy analysis in SAS, Stata, R, SPSS, or Microsoft Excel.

Secure file storage and sharing – Upload and share any type of file with anyone in the world through the File Repository feature or Send-It tool. Also works with exports and other built-in file uploading features.

Data-based triggers and alerts – Send real-time alerts and notifications to your team or other stakeholders via email, text or phone, based on certain data being entered or specific questions having a particular answer.

Connect to other resources – Use built-in features (API) to move data to/from your project. Build your own custom software development features to connect your project to other systems.

If you require assistance or have any questions about REDCap, please contact REDCap Support