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Welcome to REDCap!
REDCap is a secure web platform for building and managing online databases and surveys.
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.
Introducing "Smart Variables"
Smart Variables are dynamic variables that can be used in calculated fields, conditional/branching logic, and piping. Similar to using project variable names inside square brackets - e.g., [heart_rate], Smart Variables are also represented inside brackets - e.g., [user-name], [survey-link], [previous-event-name][weight], or [heart_rate][previous-instance]. But instead of pointing to data fields, Smart Variables are context-aware and thus adapt to the current situation. Some can be used with field variables or other Smart Variables, and some are meant to be used as stand-alone. There are many possibilities.
Smart Variables can reference things with regard to users, records, forms, surveys, events/arms, or repeating instances. To learn more, visit the Smart Variables informational page.
Enhancements to Reports
Reports can now be organized into folders (called Report Folders) in any given project. If you have "Add/Edit Reports" privileges, you will see an "Organize" link on the left-hand project menu above your reports. You will be able to create folders and then assign your reports to a folder, after which the project's reports will be displayed in collapsible groups on the left-hand menu. Report Folders are a great way to organize reports if your project has a lot of them.
Also, in addition to setting "View Access" when creating or editing a report, you can now set the report's "Edit Access" (under Step 1) to control who in the project can edit, copy, or delete the report. This setting will be very useful if you wish to prevent certain users from modifying or deleting particular reports.
There is also a new search feature on the left-hand menu to allow you to search within the title of your reports to help you navigate to a report very quickly. ENJOY!
Alerts & Notifications
You may now build triggered alerts for sending customized email notifications to one or more recipients, in which the emails may be activated or scheduled when a form/survey is saved and/or based on conditional logic whenever data is saved or imported. For an alert, you simply need to 1) define how the alert gets triggered, 2) determine when the notification should be sent, and 3) specify the recipient, message text, etc.
If you have "Project Setup & Design" privileges, you will see an "Alerts & Notifications" link on the left-hand project menu under Applications. Please read the instructions on that page to explore all the powerful options when building your alerts. ENJOY!
Build online surveys and databases quickly and securely - Create and design your project rapidly using secure web authentication from your browser. No extra software is required.
Fast and flexible - Conception to production-level survey/database in less than one day.
Export data to common data analysis packages - Export your data to Microsoft Excel, PDF, SAS, Stata, R, or SPSS for analysis.
Ad Hoc Reporting - Create custom queries for generating reports to view or download.
Easily manage a contact list of survey respondents or create a simple survey link - Build a list of email contacts, 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.
Scheduling - Utilize a built-in project calendar and scheduling module for organizing your events and appointments.
Send files to others securely - Using 'Send-It', upload and send files to multiple recipients, including existing project documents, that are too large for email
attachments or that contain sensitive data.
Save your data collection instruments as a PDF to print - Generate a PDF version of your forms and surveys for printing to collect data offline.
Advanced features - Auto-validation, calculated fields, file uploading, branching/skip logic, and survey stop actions.
REDCap API - Have external applications connect to REDCap remotely in a programmatic or automated fashion.
Data Queries - Document the process of resolving data issues using the Data Resolution Workflow module.
Piping - Inject previously collected data values into question labels, survey invitation emails, etc. to provide a
more customized experience.