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Basics of REDCap Survey and Project Design

Instructor: Matt Dunbar

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.


  • What and Why REDCap? 
  • Getting started
  • Quick tour around REDCap
  • Creating a REDCap project
  • Creating a data instrument
  • Inviting participants to complete a survey
  • Creating reports and exporting data
  • Security
  • Other capabilities
  • Training & Docs


Workshop Presentation

Lab 1 – Account and Project Creation Steps
Lab 2 – Creating an Instrument
Lab 3 – Working with Surveys
Lab 4 – Reports and Exporting Data

Additional Resources

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