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Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is a non-proprietary consortium-led software application developed and distributed at no cost by Vanderbilt University to consortium members for use in non-commercial research projects. Features include the ability to:

  • Build online surveys
  • Create data collection instruments and databases quickly for a variety of study designs, including longitudinal
  • Maintain a logging and audit trail for the database
  • Define user roles and privileges
  • Export data to Microsoft Excel, PDF, SAS, Stata R, or SPSS for analysis
  • Create custom queries for generating reports to view or download
  • Utilize a built-in project calendar and scheduling module for organizing your events and appointments
  • Build a list of email contacts and create custom email invitations, and track who responds, or you may also create a single survey link to email out or post on a website
  • Generate a PDF version of your forms and surveys for printing to collect data offline
  • Advanced features include auto-validation, calculated fields, branching/skip logic, data de-identification and survey stop actions are also available options.

REDCap at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

REDCap is an electronic data capture (EDC) system that is secure, HIPAA compliant, and web-based. This easy-to-use tool for TU SPH&TM researchers is intended to replace Microsoft Excel, Access, and desktop data collection and storage. Using REDCap's stream-lined process for rapidly developing databases; you may create, design, collect and manage your clinical research data online while storing research data on a centralized server housed at TU SPH&TM. TU SPH&TM REDCap provides safe, secure, HIPAA compliant storage of PHI (Protected Health Information). 

Tulane SPH&TM supports two instances of REDCap:

  1. TRAINING instance for the creation and development of projects including data collection forms and project design, and user testing and training; and
  2. PRODUCTION instance for the collection, management and storage of research and operational data.


REDCap Access

If you are interested in using REDCap for research or operational projects there are a few simple steps to follow:

  • Ensure that your computer supports the following browsers: Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Firefox 3.0 or higher, or Safari 3.0 or higher.

  • Request a user account for the TU REDCap TRAINING instance by completing the
    REDCap TRAINING Account Access Request Form. If you are an external collaborator and not employed by Tulane, then this account must be requested by a Tulane sponsoring employee.

    PLEASE NOTE: The TRAINING account is for training and development activities only - under no circumstances should real study data be collected using this account. Data stored on this training instance will be purged periodically and will not be backed up.

  • Within the REDCap TRAINING instance you may access several REDCap training modules developed and provided by Vanderbilt University. We recommend you utilize this resource and that you use the TRAINING instance to learn REDCap, design and test your project, enter test data, and train personnel on projects.

  • If you are either the Principal Investigator or Project Manager and have successfully developed a project in the TRAINING instance and are ready to collect real study data, then you can request a new project on the TU REDCAP PRODUCTION instance by completing the REDCap Production-Ready Project Request Form. In so doing, you are taking responsibility for the adherence to the TU REDCap Appropriate Use Policy.

  • If new users need to be added to your study project in the PRODUCTION instance and they already have access to the TRAINING instance, please complete the REDCap PRODUCTION Account Access Request Form. This request should be made by the project manager or PI for whom the project was initially created. 

If I am not a TU employee, am I eligible to use TU REDCap?

If you are working on a TU IRB approved protocol, then yes you are eligible to use TU REDCap. Your access to REDCap must be sponsored by a Tulane employee who is a lead investigator on the project.

Is there a user's group at Tulane for REDCap?

A local user community is being formed led by the TU CAEPH team. If you would like to be informed of the group as it is developed, please contact You may also explore the main user group through Vanderbilt (

How do I request TU REDCap Demo meeting?

Request a demo or initial consultation meeting with Libby Horter for TU REDCap. Please e-mail Libby at


How do I cite REDCap when publishing a manuscript for a research study in which it was used?

Please cite the REDCap project when publishing using the following language:

Study data were collected and managed using REDCap electronic data capture tools hosted at [YOUR INSTITUTION].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, Jonathan 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.


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