I like RedCap because its very user friendly. I find that the program is very straight-forward and information for the project you are working on is easy to find. No more clicking a gazillion different things just to access your study. RedCap also has a section of help topics/videos that make it easy to learn anything you want about RedCap. Any projects or studies you design, can be easily implemented. You can also import/export data directly into any project in minutes. For me, managing the contact list of survey participants was right there. I didn't have to sift thru endless information to find what I was looking for. You don't have to worry about data loss and security as everything is autosaved and secured. When inputting data, at least for the project I was working on, alot of it was just checking boxes, or drop down menus or writing a short paragraph on each survey participant. Anything that required dates and times, there was always a pop up calendar and automatic slider set in military time or you could manually enter the information as well. When signing into RedCap, you are automatically taken to the project you are working on. There are tabs at the top that are organized into each section. Home, My Projects, Create New Project, Training Resources, Help & Faq and Send It. Using RedCap also helps lower costs of using a paper trail because mostly everything can be done online safely and securely. Overall, I really like RedCap and for the future studies I will be doing, RedCap will be incorporated as a tried and true great little software program.
Some of the niches of this program would have to be getting a user name and password. I'm sure it is different for everyone and the deciding factor is the company you work for. On my end, it took well over 3 weeks before I was given access. Which meant extra paperwork to keep every survey participant updated.
Sometimes, RedCap would lag a bit and maybe a few fine tuning and updates would fix the problem. On occasion, the program would just black out and shut down. In which I would just reload and sign in again and whatever happened would be fine again.
Overall, this software does have a few glitches and I did get frustrated when my data would have to be entered in again. But it was rare.
Consider everything you are doing for your project and weigh out the pros and cons. Do a trial run. Read and watch all the tutorials which are a big help. And ask, ask, ask questions if you have any. Don't sit in the dark.
We have incorporated RedCap for a fish consumption study called The Wisconsin Angler study. We use it to record data and stats on the survey participants. The benefits of this type of software make for a more user friendly experience and it also helps lessen the amount of paper that is used when doing a study. It was half and half for us. Survey participants still received and filled out the necessary paperwork, I collected the biological samples and then inputted my findings into RedCap.Its very beneficial when you have all your findings and information right there in front of you versus having to open several programs,sift thru paper folders,etc. To which another study I am doing requires 4 programs and lots of paperwork.