University of Wisconsin–Madison

Data Management Tools

ICTR-supported research software tools include: OnCore (clinical research management), OnCore BSM (biospecimen management), REDCap, and ARROW, the online protocol submission/tracking program for the HS-IRBs.

Check out a detailed comparison of the OnCore vs. REDCap tools, here.

DETERMINING WHICH DATA MANAGEMENT TOOL BEST FITS YOUR NEEDS

DOES YOUR STUDY MEET THE ONCORE STUDY OR SUBJECT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

  • ICTR OnCore is required for most therapeutic intervention studies, but available for researchers to use for any type of clinical research study.
  • OnCore also offers the optional data capture and data management functionality. It is highly recommended that studies that meet the OnCore protocol entry requirements use OnCore as their data management tool as well. Though the use of OnCore data entry and management functionality is not required for most studies, it provides consistent and efficient study, subject, and data management through the use of one software tool.

WHEN IS THE USE OF ONCORE FOR DATA MANAGEMENT REQUIRED?

  • This functionality is optional for most studies, but is required for those under the review of the ICTR Data Monitoring Committee or the Study Monitoring Service.

IF YOUR PROJECT DOES NOT MEET THE ONCORE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, WHAT ARE THE OTHER OPTIONS?

  • If you have people on staff with the skills necessary to design and implement a study data management tool, REDCap may be your best choice. With OnCore on the other hand, you work with ICTR Clinical Research Infrastructure Support (CRIS) staff to develop the data collection forms and specify the database design, then CRIS staff handle the electronic data collection form building and implementation. With REDCap you can get assistance with database design from software support staff, but are expected to build and revise the electronic data collection tools yourself (e.g. forms, surveys, etc.).