Illinois REDCap

What is REDCap?

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and project databases for research studies.

With REDCap, you and your research teams can:

  • Build online surveys and databases rapidlyREDCap allows users to quickly develop projects via a point-and-click web interface or by creating a “data dictionary” in Microsoft Excel and uploading this template file into the application. Users can also create, modify, and utilize the form content without having to perform any programming or project development.
  • Build online surveys and projects securely. Create and design your project using secure web authentication from your browser (i.e., no extra software is required). Additionally, Illinois REDCap is approved for the collection of high-risk data, including protected health information.
  • Provide multi-site access. Researchers from multiple sites and institutions can access your REDCap projects as long as the project has an Illinois Principal Investigator.
  • Generate informal reports. Create custom queries for generating reports to view or download.
  • Schedule and organize. Utilize a built-in project calendar and scheduling module for organizing events and sending out reminders for participant visits.
  • Manage surveys and survey respondents. Put together a list of email contacts, generate custom email invitations, and follow who responds. Or, construct a single survey link and access code to email out or post on a website.
  • Access and use the REDCap Shared Library. Download curated REDCap data collection instruments and forms for use in your project(s).
  • Export data to common data analysis packages. Export your data to Microsoft Excel, SAS, Stata, R, or SPSS for statistical analysis.
  • Collect data offline. Save your forms and surveys as PDFs so that you can print them and collect data anywhere.

To learn more about REDCap, please visit For questions about Illinois REDCap, please email