Data managers and field workers trained on REDCap to capture data for ABACUS

31 Aug 2017

Trainers from INDPETH Resource and Training Centre had a three day training workshop for Data Managers and Field workers on the use of REDCap for data capture for the ABACUS team in Dodowa Health Research Centre. The three day training from 28th to 30 August centred on:

  • Overview of REDCap Application
  • Use of REDCap for Data Capture
  • Setting up tablets for Data Capture
  • Sending Captured Data to the server
  • Reviewing Data Captured by field workers

An overview of REDCap for data capture was provided on first day. REDCap was introduced as a secured web based application for building and managing online databases for data collection and entry of research data. REDCap is very appropriate for the ABACUS Study which has on board sites from Africa and Asia.  

The facilitators explained and demonstrated to participants how the REDCap is used to capture data. Practical hands on training for both Data managers and field workers was provided. The Data managers were brought to speed how to prepare the tablet for the field. They were also thought how to send data to the server and also review data collected by field workers. The fieldworkers were also thought how to use the tablet to capture data. 

The field workers did a role play using two of the ABACUS study forms. This was assessed by all and various corrections and inputs were made to put the field workers in shape for the exercise. On the last day of the meeting, the field workers paid a working visit to some prospective respondents to test the application on the tablet. They shared their experience with the team. The challenges from the pre-test were all addressed.

ABACUS site, Dodowa Health Research Centre is now ready to do data collection for the project. The Dodowa team expressed appreciation for the training provided.  “We are ready to put in our best to make the project successful.”  They said.

INDEPTH facilitators; Peter Asiedu, ABACUS coordinator for the Africa Region and Francis Ameni, Acting ICT manager for INDEPTH.

Click to read about the ABACUS Project.