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Welcome to REDCap

What is REDCap? 

Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Using REDCap's stream-lined process for rapidly developing projects, you may create and design projects using 1) the online method from your web browser using the Online Designer; and/or 2) the offline method by constructing a "data dictionary" template file in Microsoft Excel, which can be later uploaded into REDCap. Both surveys and databases (or a mixture of the two) can be built using these methods.

Why would I want to use REDCap instead of Qualtrics?

REDCap is ideal for projects collecting data in community settings and in multi-site projects. Although Qualtrics (a commercial on-line data collection and management system) is also available to faculty at Ohio University, there are many differences between these two programs and some unique advantages for REDCap. REDCap is vital to clinical trials, which necessitate electronic data capture, often at multiple time points. In addition to sophisticated features for data collection, it also possesses valuable functions for managing data including double-entry verification and options to score measures as data are collected. Data can be exported into a variety of file types including SPSS and Excel, and data collected with REDCap remain at Ohio University instead of being stored on servers operated by others.


REDCap follows Ohio University's Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines for protecting participant data. These security measures include encrypting the system's data, both at rest and in transit, and enforcing access controls at the network and system level.

How do I get started?

You can get started by clicking on the Request Access link above. Complete the survey form and you will hear from our administrator within 3 –5 business days with access information.

What if I have technical problems?

If you are having any problems with REDCap you can email our tech support specialist by clicking on the Tech Support link in the menu above.

Is there training available?

Yes, we provide several training options to fit your needs. Click on the Training link at the top of this page to read about the different levels of training available. Then, if interested, complete the survey form and submit. Someone will call you directly to schedule your training.

Data Retention Policy Update

REDCap at Ohio University updated its Data Retention Policy on June 18, 2018. We encourage all current and prospective users to read the policy, which is located on the Tech Support page.