If your project involves collecting anonymous data via an online survey, Qualtrics is likely to be a more appropriate option. Qualtrics is also freely available for use by Flinders staff and students.
REDCap is designed for when your research project involves storing a substantial volume of research data that needs to be manually entered (or uploaded electronically), and/or collecting personally identifiable sensitive information from research participants.
Key advantages of using REDCap in Flinders research projects include:
- Security– Access by two factor-authentication, your FAN login and an additional source (such as SMS from a mobile), through any device with Internet access. User permissions are fully customisable giving control over the level of access to projects. Data is housed locally (encrypted) on Flinders servers maintained by IDS.
- Data integrity– Improved reliability and consistency of data collection through inbuilt data validation and advanced data entry form features. The REDCap system maintains a full audit trial of all activity on a project.
- Ease of use- No database or programming experience is required. Creating a simple project can be very quick, with an intuitive interface to streamline the creation of data collection instruments. REDCap is flexible; users can make project changes evenafter data collection has started.
- Data export- Easily download data (de-identified if required) to Microsoft Excel, Adobe PDF, and statistical packages such as SAS, R, SPSS, and STATA. Data exported to statistical packages includes labelling for both the variables and the values.
- Ethics approval– The Flinders University implementation of REDCap was presented to the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (SAC HREC) in late 2018. Two projects using REDCap have been approved by the Committee so far.