About REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture)

REDCap is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online data collection instruments. 

Within the Department of Medicine, REDCap is most commonly used for research studies, quality improvement, and operational support projects.

Department of Medicine's instance of REDCap is located at the following URL:

Key features include:

  • Intuitive web-based user interface
  • Audit trails
  • Ability to create and manage data collection instruments
  • Ability to enter data through electronic case report forms
  • Ability to create surveys and distribute them to users
  • Ability to export data to common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R)

For a brief summary video that explains what REDCap can and cannot do, click here.


Getting Started

Request a Project

If you're ready to start a REDCap project, please complete our REDCap Project Request form here:

Project Request Form

Please read the Project Eligibility and User Eligibility sections below to determine whether your project and users fall within our guidelines.

User Eligibility

In general, all faculty and staff members who have an appointment within Department of Medicine (DOM) are eligible for access to DOM REDCap.

Users gain access to DOM REDCap when they are specified by the Principal Investigator / Data Custodian on the Project Request Form.  (Additional users may be requested later if necessary.)

Project Eligibility

Projects in DOM REDCap can be research, administrative, or operational support projects.  Each project request is reviewed individually.

Research projects require IRB approval before moving to production status and collecting data.   

Administrative, operational support projects, and any projects that are IRB-exempt may begin data collection as soon as the project is approved for production status by a REDCap administrator.


Support & Training

Training Resources

Online training videos are produced by Vanderbilt University and are available to watch here.

To schedule an in-person training session, please contact us at redcap@medicine.wisc.edu.


Consultation Requests

If you’re interested in discovering more about REDCap and determining whether REDCap is a good fit for your upcoming project, please contact us to schedule a consultation.


Reporting Problems

If you would like to report a problem with REDCap, please contact us at redcap@medicine.wisc.edu.

Please include the steps you took to produce the problem you are experiencing.

Citation Information

If you use REDCap to manage your research, please cite the publication below in study manuscripts.

The following boilerplate language is recommended:

Study data were collected and managed using REDCap electronic data capture tools hosted at University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine.1 REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies, providing 1) an intuitive interface for validated data entry; 2) audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures; 3) automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages; and 4) procedures for importing data from external sources.

1Paul 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.


Link to article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1532046408001226


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