About REDCap 

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REDCap is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online research projects. It uses an intuitive, streamlined process for rapidly developing data entry forms in support of many types of research projects, such as surveys, chart reviews, clinical trials, longitudinal cohort studies and more.  Using REDCap significantly improves data quality and security. It also eliminates the need to develop expensive project databases using external programmers or tools, such as Microsoft Access.

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. Sessions are open to the entire University of Alberta and AHS community and are free of charge.

  • More information can be found here.

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.

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.

About Privacy

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


  Attached Files  
 REDCap_Getting_Started_WCHRI Final Oct 23 2015.pdf


Support Notice

The information displayed on these pages is targeted at users of the WCHRI and MICYRN 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/.


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