Data Management and REDCap Consultation

This service is provided by Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD).


The Irving Institute encourages all investigators at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) to take advantage of data management consultations for research projects. Our data management consultants provide guidance on the following:

  • Options for data collection instruments (questionnaires; paper vs. electronic; output from monitors, etc.)
  • Clarification and guidance in selecting data management tools, such as desktop databases with customized data entry screens, customized web based applications utilizing industry standard relational database systems, or the REDCap data management system
  • Evaluation of security and backup options for data storage
  • Requirements for datasets for analysis
  • Guidelines for moving existing data into a properly formatted and secure environment

Consultations involve a one-hour meeting with one of our staff members to discuss the data management requirements for research projects and grant applications. If the consultation has been requested before a grant proposal has been written, our consultant will discuss data management options with associated budget requirements. If an investigator has already begun to collect data prior to the consultation, the consultant will provide feedback for moving data into a properly formatted, secure environment. Additional meetings may be requested, if needed.

Starting in March 2020, we are also providing consultations for COVID-19 research. 


Data management consultations are available to all faculty and officers of CUIMC. Priority is given to faculty and research scientists at CUIMC who do not have their own departmental or core institutional resources data management. Students are not eligible for this service.

When to Request This Service

We encourage researchers to submit a request as early as possible and at least eight weeks before any grants are due.


  • A one-hour consultation and additional meeting, if needed, is free of charge.
  • If the consultant determines that your statistical needs exceed those provided by this service, you may be referred for longer-term assistance with appropriate financial support arranged through the Department of Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Cite it, Submit it, Share it!

If your research has benefited from one or more Irving Institute resources, please remember to:

  • Cite our CTSA grant, UL1 TR001873, in any relevant publications, abstracts, chapters, and/or posters.
  • Submit your publications to PubMed Central (PMC) for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Share your research updates with us by sending an email to:


Data Management and REDCap Consultation
722 West 168th Street, 6th Floor
Allan Rosenfield Building, ARB-6
New York, NY 10032
United States