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Options for Gathering Data

REDCap and Qualtrics are two different data collection programs freely available to USU faculty, staff, and students. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses and the intent of the information provided on these webpages is to help you choose which one to use for your research. REDCap is better suited to data collection and management for large-scale research projects, whereas Qualtrics is better suited to short surveys or small-scale research projects, although each offers some benefit in either case depending on the nature of your study.

Feature Comparison at a Glance

REDCap

Qualtrics

Secure and HIPAA-Compliant electronic data capture tool

Yes, data reside here at USU

No, data stored in the cloud

Templates availability for some common survey/assessment instrument

X

X

Multiple forms can be linked to a single participant ID

X

 

Share and collaborate with other account holders

X

X

Permission schemes and data access groups

Detailed and explicit, with expiration dates

Limited options 

Allows direct data entry by study staff, as well as data capture/input from participants.

X

 

Tablet/phone app allows for off-line data collection in the field

X

X

Branching logic and skip patterns based on previous answers to questions

X

X

Anonymous responses to surveys using a web link

X

X

Built in double data entry, data comparison tools and quality checks

X

Work-arounds available

Calendar and scheduling of longitudinal events in the future

X

Uses “panels”

Full logging of all actions performed, including (who, what, when, why)

X

 

Ability to export/print a pdf of each survey with or without participant data

X

 

Single click de-identification for data export

X

 

Export data in several formats

CSV/EXCEL, SPSS, SAS, R, STATA, XML

CSV/EXCEL, SPSS,

HTML, XML

API access (Application Program Interface) works with other software programs

X