REDCap is an Electronic Data Capture (EDC) Software built to collect and store data.  

REDCap provides:

1) an intuitive interface for data entry (with data validation);

2) audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures;

3) automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R); and

4) procedures for importing data from external sources.

Advantages of REDCap


  • Available at no direct cost for CCTST members.


  • Users access REDCap through a secure login page

  • All traffic between the web browser and the application is encrypted

  • Data is stored in the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Biomedical Informatics.  

  • Sophisticated user rights management give you control over what users can do in your project

  • Audit trails provide accountability

  • REDCap Messenger allows messages to be sent securely to other users and team members without having to use insecure email systems.

Ease of Use

  • No prior database knowledge is required.

  • Built-in training resources allow new users to learn as they go

  • CCTST hosts regular training sessions

Speed of Implementation

  • The user interface is intuitive allowing simple studies to be built in minutes

Autonomous utilization

  • Research groups have complete autonomy and control to add new users.


  • Multi-site access · REDCap projects can be used by researchers from multiple sites and institutions.
  • Because REDCap is web-based data entry can take place almost anywhere

  • REDCap supports collaborative studies through Data Access Groups (study sites)


  • REDCap is in use in over 4,500 institutions worldwide.

  • Developed by a team at Vanderbilt University REDCap is supported locally by CCHMC staff who have access to an active user support community.

  • REDCap is installed on sophisticated IT infrastructure and is backed up multiple times per day


  • REDCap supports a broad range of project types from simple surveys through complex longitudinal clinical trials.

  • New functionality is added frequently

Enhanced Data Quality

  • REDCap supports basic data quality features such as:

    • Structured data dictionary

    • Skip logic

    • Mandatory fields

    • Range checking

    • Form locking/unlocking

    • Missing value indicators

  • The data quality module provides customized data quality checks

  • Data resolution workflow allows for data queries to be raised and resolved.

Enhanced Output

  • Simple reports and graphs can be generated directly in REDCap

  • Data can be exported in a choice of formats to work with popular statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, SAS and R. (You can also export data and work with it in Excel).

Advanced Functionality

  • In addition to its standard support for data collection REDCap also includes support for:

    • Survey scheduling

    • Data quality workflows

    • Participant randomization

    • Data coding (through Bioportal)

    • Text and voice messaging

    • Online consenting

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