NOTE: Downstate has two survey systems — choose the right one for your needs:
RedCAP: for collecting research data especially Protected Health Information.
Qualtrics: For general surveys such as customer service/satisfaction ratings or course evaluations.
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.
The system is secure and is easy to use and learn via online videos and workshops or one-on-one training here on campus.
For general surveys that do not include Protected Health Information such as customer service/rating or course evaluations, we recommend using the Qualtrics survey system instead of RedCAP.
DRAFT VS PRODUCTION MODE: You will design /test your survey forms in Draft mode, then request approval to move into Production mode to collect real data once testing is completed. Do not collect actual research data in Draft mode. Researchers are required to upload their IRB approval/exemption letter to the File Repository on the left side menu of their RedCAP project before requesting approval to switch to Production mode. Users who are unsure whether they need an IRB exemption letter should consult with the IRB prior to starting use of RedCAP.
Users are responsible for creating and maintaining their projects. Training videos are available online via the RedCAP login/home page. In addition, staff in the Academic Computing and Technology (ACT) Office can help you get started. Use the "REQUEST A TRAINING SESSION" button at http://act.downstate.edu to schedule an online live training session.
Watch the how-to videos on the REDCap pages. If you still need assistance, click on the "Schedule a Training Session" on the ACT Office home page: http://act.downstate.edu.
REMEMBER: you will be required to upload a copy of your IRB approval/exemption letter to your project's File Repository in order to begin collecting actual data in Production mode. If you will be collaborating with outside researchers, you/they may need to sign a Data Usage Agreement (DUA)