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REDCap: Research Data Capture and Analysis System

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a free, secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies.

REDCap

The REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) system is a secure open-source web-based system for collecting, storing and doing preliminary analysis on research data. Originally developed at Vanderbilt University, It is an open-source product used at more than 1,600 institutions in almost 100 countries around the world.

Downstate hosts our own REDCap system. Users who have obtained research project approval or an exemption from the campus Institutional Review Board (IRB) can request access to the system. Other researchers using non-human data may also use this system. Using REDCap, users can:

  • Test and build a series of data collection surveys
  • Distribute the surveys as links or via email
  • Use them to enter data (either here at Downstate or by your research partners at other institutions).
  • Use the system to follow up on selected patients.
  • Export for analysis on other systems.
  • Easily “de-identify” data during export for HIPAA compliance.

The system is secure. It is easy to use and learn via online videos and workshops or one-on-one training here on campus.

To request a demonstration and access to the system, complete the attached form and send to the system administrators at the Office of Academic Computing & Technology: act@downstate.edu

Include the following information:

  • Title of the research project
  • Full names and contact information of any researchers (Downstate or off campus) who will be using the system.

You will be asked to provide a copy of your IRB approval letter (if applicable). If you will be collaborating with outside researchers, you/they may need to sign a Data Usage Agreement (DUA)