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CSDE Workshops

Survey Methods I: Online Survey Design & Administration with REDCap

Instructor: Paul Litwin

Date: 2024-04-22 and 2024-04-29
Time: 1:30-3:30 PM
Location 117 Savery Hall

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REDCap is a secure, web-based application that offers a streamlined process for rapidly developing databases that support data capture for research projects.  It provides an intuitive interface for data entry, including data validation and audit trails. REDCap’s survey functionality offers advanced data collection features such as branching logic, calculated fields, and repeating instruments. REDCap also provides automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages. Finally, REDCap provides a robust framework for managing the logistics of running a research project, including tools such as automated email alerts to study participants or study staff and completely customizable user privilege’s for any sized research team.

Come join us to learn how you can use REDCap to support your next data collection activity, from sending out a single survey to a few participants to administering a large longitudinal research study.


No prior experience necessary for this workshop.


Week 1

  • What and Why REDCap? 
  • Getting started
  • Quick tour around REDCap
  • Creating a REDCap project
  • Creating a data instrument
  • Creating reports and exporting data

Week 2

  • REDCap recap on instruments
  • Collecting data from participants using surveys
  • Inviting participants to one-time surveys
  • Creating follow-up surveys
  • Importing data into REDCap
  • Project status: development vs. production 
  • Summary of other userful REDCap features


Week 1 Workshop Presentation

Week 2 Workshop Presentation

Additional Resources

UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) – REDCap Hosting and Training