Data Capture

datacaptureREDCap and Qualtrics are two of the data-gathering options available. They both have strengths and weaknesses, and there is often confusion as to which is best to use in different circumstances.

REDCap is directed more toward research data collection, with surveys as an additional option, whereas Qualtrics focuses primarily on surveys.


Feature REDCap Qualtrics
 Web/Mobile friendly user interface    ✅
 Branching  ✅  ✅
 Anonymous response to surveys    ✅
 Collaborative features    ✅
 Charts/Graphs/Analytical Tools    ✅
 Templates to build surveys from    ✅
 Multiple forms linked to single user    ✅
 Data comparison tool    
 File repository    
Social media functionality    ✅
Accessibility checker    ✅



REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.  There are 3 types of REDCap services: Development (open to anyone with a valid CampusID and CampusID password without approval required), Production (Human Subject Research) (open to anyone on an approved IRB protocol), Production (Non Human Subject Research) (open to anyone who has a Designation of Not Human Subject form filed with the GSU IRB).  Before you get started please read the REDCap User Policies.  To get started with the production environment or get access for users external to GSU, complete and submit the REDCap account request form.  If you have any questions please contact us at or check out the REDCap training resources.


Qualtrics is a research tool that allows you to easily create dynamic surveys and analyze their results.  With Qualtrics you can distribute surveys and collect data from your classes, research groups, and more.  Check out the Getting Started Guide if this is your first time using Qualtrics.  Please note, if you are conducting human subject research you must obtain IRB approval of your survey.  If you are surveying 250 or more students, 50 or more faculty, or 50 or more staff, you must get OIE approval which can be obtained by completing the Survey Scheduling Form.  If you have any questions about using Qualtrics please visit the Qualtrics Training Resource site or contact us at