Members of the Office of Research Computing and Analytics at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute received national recognition for their work with the research survey tool REDCap at REDCapCon Sept. 16-19 in Vancouver.
REDCap is the premier online survey and database tool for the research community. It uses a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data, it is specifically geared to support online or offline data capture for research studies and operations. REDCap has more than one million users across the world.
Leila Deering, senior applications analyst, and Chris Kadolph, software development team lead, are both REDCap experts. As members of the REDCap Consortium, they belong to a vast network of collaborators who use and support REDCap for thousands of institutional partners in more than 100 countries.
Together they have provided many resources to the community totaling more than 1,000 downloads by other institutions, providing help on forums and leading trainings at REDCapCon.
“It is amazing that we are providing these resources that world-renowned research institutions like Vanderbilt are downloading and using," Kadolph said. “One time someone from France actually called me to discuss REDCap."
Deering and Kadolph both presented four trainings during REDCapCon, and Deering received first place for a training material she created.
“I created a training material for the REDCap community about action tags, which is a feature in REDCap that lets you customize the survey entry process for different fields on the form," Deering said. “It is pretty rewarding being able to give back to the community that we are a part of."
At Marshfield Clinic Health System, REDCap has many uses. This includes supporting research administration, research studies and quality improvement initiatives by the Institute for Quality Innovation and Patient Safety.