I can’t believe Illinois REDCap is already a year old! It is so rewarding to see how Illinois researchers are utilizing the various features and capabilities of this software. I am humbled and honored to help researchers explore and optimize these capabilities to advance some of Illinois’ groundbreaking research activities.
We at IHSI are grateful to our partners in administering Illinois REDCap. Our colleagues at Research IT – Technology Services work hard to maintain and improve Illinois REDCap services and utilities, including ensuring the robust security features integral to REDCap’s HIPAA capabilities. The University Library has been a gracious partner in our educational efforts, hosting in-person office hours in the Scholarly Commons and including Illinois REDCap in the Savvy Researcher workshop series. Of course, we wouldn't be where we are today without the many people who were instrumental in the acquisition and launch of REDCap. On our first birthday, we want to thank them again for making Illinois REDCap a reality.
We’re also excited to announce our new REDCap project build services! These are services we’ve been planning for a while, and when better to launch them than on our first birthday!
I can’t wait to see how much more REDCap will grow in the next year! Thanks to all of you for being part of the Illinois REDCap community.
-Michelle Lore, MS
The Illinois REDCap team is now able to provide project build services for an hourly rate. In addition to building a REDCap project, the team can provide testing, automatic survey invitation formatting, project documentation and instructions, and research team training. More details and rates are available here.
REDCAP BY THE NUMBERS
In the year since we launched, we’ve seen amazing growth and diversity in the use of REDCap. Our growth is on par with, or surpasses, other Big 10 universities with REDCap. Just one more indicator of the vibrant research community on our campus!
REDCAP RESEARCH STORY: THE MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENT PROGRAM
Professor Julie Bobitt, Director of the Aging and Health Policy Laboratory, kindly responded to our request for REDCap Research Stories. Professor Bobitt uses Illinois REDCap in her work with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to survey adults age 60 and older enrolled in the Medical Cannabis Patient Program (MCPP). In her REDCap Research Story, Professor Bobitt mentions some of the features that have helped her team to collect and manage HIPAA-classified research data. With over 4,000 survey responses, Prof. Bobitt values REDCap’s data visualization features. “I enjoy the way the data is presented in either an excel format or by charts/graphs that are already made. If I want to check on one aspect of my data, I can use the stats & charts feature to quickly visualize a data point.”
Along with the rest of campus, the IHSI REDCap Team cancelled in-person activities. But this does not mean we’re inaccessible! If you need help or have any questions, you can always email email@example.com. If you have questions that are more in-depth, we are happy to set up a Zoom or Skype meeting.