About REDCap

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The information displayed on these pages is targeted at users of the REDCap systems installed at the University of Alberta. Users from other institutions should contact their institutional REDCap support team. Details can be found on the main REDCap website at https://projectredcap.org/partners/.

REDCap at the University of Alberta is supported by the Women & Children's Health Research Institute in collaboration with the EPICORE Centre and the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC).

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REDCap

REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. REDCap is specifically geared to support online data capture for research studies, including GCP, 21 CFR Part 11, FISMA, and HIPAA-compliant environments. 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. REDCap’s flexibility with regard to data capture and storage and its easy-to-use reporting capabilities prove to be a desirable solution for making a research study’s data more accessible.

REDCap is licensed by the University of Alberta for internal not-for-profit use only. It is provided free of charge to University of Alberta researchers and their collaborators.

REDCap comes complete with a library of online learning resources and is so easy to use that many physicians, research assistants and graduate students have successfully completed REDCap based projects with minimal need for support.

To view a brief (4 minute) introductory video click here.

For a brief "Getting Started" guide click here.

Key Features

  • Secure, web-based system, accessible globally.
  • Locally hosted within the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's secure data centre.
  • Simple form designer.
  • Downloadable data dictionary.
  • Data export with support for multiple file formats (SPSS, STATA, SAS, Excel, etc.).
  • Built-in data quality tools, including data resolution (query) workflow.
  • Project calendar and participant schedules.
  • Reporting tools.
  • Support for participant randomization.
  • Support for collaborative, multi-centre studies.

New Features

Training and Support

WCHRI provides regular training sessions. They take the form of formal classroom sessions and informal drop-in sessions. All are open to the entire University of Alberta and AHS community and are free of charge.

  • More information can be found here.

WCHRI's REDCap team also provides general support through a team email address at redcap@ualberta.ca. We are available for extended support on a fee for service basis.

Getting Access to REDCap

Initial setup of an empty project is free of charge to WCHRI members. Alberta Health Services affiliated researchers and University of Alberta Faculty who are not WCHRI members can access REDCap free of charge through an arrangement with the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre. External investigators may be able to access REDCap if they have collaborators who are based at the University of Alberta or if they are members of a MICYRN affiliated research institute. Please email redcap@ualberta.ca if you need additional information.

  • To request a free REDCap project please complete this online form.

Researchers with available funding can request a quotation for WCHRI’s informatics team to build and/or manage the project database on their behalf.

About Privacy

Use of REDCap encourages good security and privacy practices. For more information please see the following documents:

Citing REDCap

It is a condition of WCHRI's licensing for REDCap that researchers reference REDCap in their publications. The following wording is appropriate:

Study data were collected and managed using REDCap* electronic data capture tools hosted by the Women & Children's Health Research Institute.
*Paul A. Harris, Robert Taylor, Robert Thielke, Jonathon Payne, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Jose G. Conde, Research electronic data capture (REDCap) - A metadata-driven methodology and workflow process for providing translational research informatics support, J Biomed Inform. 2009 Apr;42(2):377-81.

It may also be appropriate to cite this paper:

The REDCap consortium: Building an international community of software platform partners.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2019.103208